Former National Security Council staffer Lt. Col. Alexander Vindman will not be looked into for violating military principles over his testimony against President Donald Trump, the Army declared Friday.
Politico reported that Army Secretary Ryan McCarthy reported at an event at the National Press Club that Vindman would deal with no disciplinary action at an event and also downplayed Vindman’s removal from the NSC. Vindman had been already planned to return to the Army several months before Trump removed him. Trump, as commander-in-chief, possesses the ultimate discretion to get rid of individuals from his administration. He also removed Vindman’s twin brother as part of a house cleaning to get rid of Obama-era holdovers at the National Security Council. McCarthy said Vindman would have a “bridging assignment” for the next few months.
“Then he will be heading to a senior service college this summer. There’s no investigation into him,” McCarthy mentioned.
On a previous report, Trump suggested at a press briefing on Tuesday that “the military can handle” Vindman. When asked what he intended by that, Trump elaborated.
“That’s going to be up to the military, we’ll have to see, but if you look at what happened, they’re going to certainly, I would imagine, take a look at that,” Trump said.
Trump carried on by stating that Vindman said “very inaccurate things” during his testimony before the House Intelligence Committee regarding the president’s July 25th telephone call with Ukraine President Volodymyr Zelensky.
“It turned out that what he reported was very different,” Trump said. “And also, when you look at the person he reports to, said horrible things, avoided the chain of command, leaked, did a lot of bad things. And so, we sent him on his way to a much different location, and the military can handle him anyway they want.”
Trump is likely discussing the fact that Vindman broke one of the essential rules regulating the military: Do not publicly concern or refuse the orders and policies of higher ups. And since the president of the United States is at the top of the chain of order, Vindman broke the principle. Whether he is going to be disciplined for it is anyone’s guess.
While Vindman has turned into a hero to the Left simply for talking out against Trump, the Right has mentioned that the past military official’s qualms with Trump were policy associated and that he really had nothing to say about any criminal acts Trump might or might not have committed while speaking to Zelensky. Attorney and former Army Ranger John Lucas wrote in the Federalist after Vindman’s testimony in which his “questions and answers made clear he simply disagreed with the way the president was administering his chosen foreign policy.”
2 Medal of Honor recipients likewise criticized Vindman for his service, calling him a “chow thief” (someone who takes food when there is a limited source so other people can’t get any) and a “spotlight ranger” (somebody who only worked really hard when he was being observed).