The Trump administration is looking at options to remove Alexander Vindman from the National Security Council, which comes after testimony he gave in House impeachment hearings that he leaked the President’s phone call to the intelligence community.
Adam Schiff wants you to forget this happened https://t.co/DuBm2m4zAx
— Jack Posobiec 🇺🇸 (@JackPosobiec) February 7, 2020
Vindman basically confirms he was working with the whistleblower.
Bloomberg News reporter Jennifer Jacobs reported: “White House is weighing plan to dismiss Alexander Vindman from National Security Council after he testified in an impeachment inquiry, a move that will be part of a broader effort to shrink Trump admin foreign policy bureaucracy, sources tell me.”
BREAKING: White House is weighing plan to dismiss Alexander Vindman from National Security Council after he testified in impeachment inquiry, a move that will be part of a broader effort to shrink Trump admin foreign policy bureaucracy, sources tell me & @nwadhams. Story out soon
— Jennifer Jacobs (@JenniferJJacobs) February 7, 2020
During the impeachment hearings Senior NSC official Timothy Morrison, who was the former boss of Lt. Colonel Alexander Vindman, testified that Vindman’s superiors and co-workers had many concerns and problems with him.
GOP counsel Steve Castor asked, “You had indicated in your deposition that when you took over the [Ukraine] portfolio for Dr. Hill July 15 that you were alerted to potential issues in Colonel Vindman’s judgment?”
“Yes,” Morrison responded.
Morrison testified that many officials were concerned about Vindman’s decisions.
“Did any other NSC personnel raise concerns with you about Colonel Vindman?” Castor asked.
“Yes,” Morrison responded.
Morrison testified that multiple officials were concerned that Vindman was possibly leaking classified information to the media. Morrison also said that Vindman who conceal the things he was doing and would go behind his back. According to Morrison Bindman never expressed his concern about President Donald Trump’s phone call with the head of Ukraine.
“If he had concerns about something about the content of the call, that’s something that I expected that I would have been notified of,” Morrison said. “I also think as a matter of practice, since we both went to the lawyers, we didn’t both need to.”
“At any point subsequently, did [Vindman] become frustrated that he felt cut out of some of the Ukraine portfolio?” Castor asked.
“Yes,” Morrison responded, adding that Vindman was upset that he was not invited on a trip to Ukraine.
Top official Tim Morrison said Alexander Vindman’s bosses had a lot of concerns about him:
-Did not keep his bosses in the loop on what he was doing
-Went around his bosses’ backs
-Was mad he was cut out of working on Ukraine pic.twitter.com/Z9qgSVs9dt
— Ryan Saavedra (@RealSaavedra) November 19, 2019
Additionally, the President also removed Gordon Sondland, Ambassador to the European Union.
“I was advised today that the President intends to recall me effective immediately as United States Ambassador to the European Union,” he said in a statement.
Sondland testified in President Trump’s impeachment trial, informing members of Congress that in his mind he felt there was a quid quo relationship between the president’s decision to halt aid to Ukraine and convincing Ukrainian officials to announce an investigation into Hunter Biden and the corrupt gas company Burisma.