Alexander Vindman’s Brother Gets Redemption After Trump Sabotage


When former Army Lt. Col. Alexander Vindman testified in front of the Senate Committee during Donald Trump’s first impeachment trial, he promised his parents, immigrants from Ukraine, not to be afraid. He promised his government would not retaliate against him for telling the truth, that he would be safe in doing so. Following that testimony, both Vindman and his twin brother, Yevgeny, were fired from the National Security Council and Alexander Vindman retired from the military as a result of a pressure campaign to oust him.

Yevgeny Vindman remained in the military, although a promotion to full colonel was withheld from him as he waited out the final two years of Trump’s presidency. Now, Donald Trump is the ex-president, and Yevgeny Vindman will finally receive his promotion.

According to POLITICO:

‘Army Lt. Col. Yevgeny Vindman is set to be promoted to full colonel, despite attempts by loyalists to former President Donald Trump to derail his career following his bit role in the president’s first impeachment, according to two people familiar with the matter.

‘Vindman’s twin brother, Alex Vindman, was a star witness in Trump’s impeachment trial and accused the president of pressuring the Ukrainian president to dig up dirt on then-candidate Joe Biden. Alex Vindman chose to retire from the military last July as a lieutenant colonel after what he called “a campaign of bullying, intimidation, and retaliation” and is now writing a memoir and getting a doctorate.’

Yevgeny was only peripherally involved in the investigation against Donald Trump that led to the first of his two impeachments. His brother, Alexander, reported details of a phone call first reported to Congress by a whistleblower, a whistleblower who said that Trump was clearly pressuring the fledgling country of Ukraine to trade invented dirt on Trump’s political opponent in exchange for congressionally approved military aid. However, Yevgeny was also retaliated against by the Trump administration.

‘Yevgeny “Eugene” Vindman, who was the senior ethics official at the National Security Council and its deputy legal adviser from July 2018 to February 2020, has stayed in the military. Both brothers were fired from the NSC a year ago by Trump, escorted out of the White House and sent back to the Pentagon.’

Yevgeny pushed back against the retaliatory actions taken against him, accusing the NSC of cooperating with the Trump administration in the retaliation and for ethics violations including abuse of taxpayer funds and sexual harassment against female staff at the government organization.

‘Vindman filed a complaint last August with the Pentagon inspector general alleging he was retaliated against by his former White House counsel’s office bosses, John Eisenberg and Michael Ellis, for reporting misconduct by Trump. He also lodged allegations of ethics violations by former national security adviser Robert O’Brien for allegedly using NSC staff’s official time for personal errands and “demeaning and demoralizing sexist behavior against … female NSC professionals.”‘

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