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Lt. Col. Alexander Vindman: ‘I would say I’m now a Never Trumper’

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One of the key witnesses in President Donald Trump’s impeachment hearings says he has become a “Never Trumper.”  Lt. Col. Alexander Vindman told NBC News that, following his official retirement from the military, he is now proud to carry that label.

“I joined the president’s team. I joined this administration, well into this administration, with the hopes of being able to do my job, with the hopes of being able to advance national security interests,” Vindman told NBC Nightly News anchor Lester Holt. “I could say I’m now a Never Trumper. I was not a Never Trumper before. I was non-partisan.”

Vindman was the national security officer listening in on Trump’s phone call with Ukraine leader Volodymyr Zelensky when the president asked Ukraine to look into Joe Biden and his son Hunter. He said that he believed what the president was doing wasn’t right and so he reported it. He also claims that he doesn’t know who the whistleblower actually was.

Trump fired Vindman in February from the National Security Council and had him escorted out of the White House two days after the Senate acquitted him. His twin brother, Lt. Col. Yevgeny Vindman, was also ousted from the NSC at the same time.

Vindman had served for 21 years in the military but retired because the incident ruined his reputation and he felt his military service would be very limited moving forward.

“Regardless of the administration, I would just do the best that I could to advance national security interests, but I think as the president attacked and politicized me directly, in taking a sober view of where this president is taking this country, the divisions, the catering to our adversaries, the undermining of our national security interests that I’m absolutely a Never Trumper,” Vindman said.

The former national security officer says that he was put between the president and the Constitution.

“I had to choose between the president and the Constitution. I was aware of the fact that I could be compelled to testify. But I chose the Constitution. No Army officer wants to be put in that position, but there I was,” he said.

Vindman says that he believes it’s important for him to speak up because he believes Trump has made the country weaker.

“I was drawn into this by the president, who politicized me. This could happen to any honorable service member, any government official,” he said.

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    Gerry Dail September 15, 2020

    Vindman did not follow the chain of command. He immediately went to a lawyer after his boss said he disagreed with Vindman’s opinion. Vindman was an Army Officer, not a law expert. Being a retired Army Officer myself, I would have relieved Vindman for cause if he had pulled this under me.

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    Jane Smet September 15, 2020

    It’s amazing how Trump gets kicked in the teeth by people he trusted and trusted him but now think he’s the most dishonest vile person alive. He must be doing something right if all these hate him

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    Dude September 15, 2020

    Yes, Trump only cares about himself. How incredibly stupid can a person be to say that? Trump has donated every paycheck as POTUS. Most likely will again the next four years. This rather eliminates that BS Vindman is saying.
    You think about that.1st POTUS to ever do that, and to have the no.1 most important job in the world as POTUS
    and then still donates every paycheck. That is a humble thing to do, not egotistical.
    Good thing this jerk is out of the Military. We do not need stupidity there. Something so flat out known and this guy doesn’t think things out about Trump donating his pay. This guy Vindman wouldn’t ever do that himself if he was POTUS.
    It appears that Vindman has an ego himself and that comes first, before intelligence.
    Now Trump is making PEACE treaties between Israel and Arab countries. So how is that – that Trump wants war then?
    This Vindman is just throwing BS out the door to see what sticks on the wall as his excuse not to like Trump, and why he
    wants to be a democrat. With democrats, it is party first, before country. With Vindman, it is himself, before country and even peace as well.

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    Ronald Pankratz September 15, 2020

    What a bunch of Bull Shit from a True, REAL TRAITOR to this country. The question asked by President Trump was not a violation of the Constitution and was what all true Patriots want to know.

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    Michael Kershaw September 15, 2020

    Should be court martialed.

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    Edith Wenzel September 15, 2020

    Who cares about Vindman. Anyone that commits ‘slimy acts’ isn’t worth giving an audience to.

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    K September 15, 2020

    Mr. Bondman. You are now and have always been a “never American”. A traitor. You don’t even deserve the Mr. Much less the lt.col

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    K September 15, 2020

    Mr. Vindman. You are now and have always been a “never American”. A traitor. You don’t even deserve the Mr. Much less the lt.col.

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    John Trone September 16, 2020

    Thank God, Trump fired this loser !!!

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