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Army Secretary Ryan McCarthy confirmed on Friday afternoon that there are "no investigations" into Lt. Col. Alexander Vindman.
'He did exactly what we tell them to do' — John Kelly backs Lt. Col. Vindman for testifying to Congress
More than a year after leaving his job as White House Chief of Staff, retired Marine Corps Gen. John Kelly has decided to air his opinions about his old boss, President Donald Trump.
During a Q&A session at Drew University in New Jersey, The Atlantic reported, Kelly opened up about a number of topics he'd previously held his tongue on, including the controversy surrounding Army Lt. Col. Alexander Vindman, who has been heavily criticized by the president and his supporters for testifying last fall during House impeachment hearings.
"He did exactly what we teach them to do from cradle to grave," Kelly said of Vindman, per The Atlantic. "He went and told his boss what he just heard."
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Donald Trump said on Tuesday the military may consider disciplining former National Security Council aide Alexander Vindman, who testified in Trump's impeachment trial and was fired by the White House along with his twin brother.
President Donald Trump's early dismissal of U.S. Army Lt. Col. Alexander Vindman from the National Security Council staff on Friday was half-expected based on the reporting from the night prior, but it still came as a shock to former senior officials and those who served with the soldier.
Army Lt. Col. Alexander Vindman, one of the witnesses that testified during President Donald Trump's impeachment, was reportedly fired from his role on the National Security Council on Friday afternoon, according to CNN. Vindman's twin brother, who also serves on the NSC, was also fired and escorted from the White House.
A statement from his attorney, David Pressman, says that Vindman was "escorted out of the White House where he has dutifully served his country and his President."
"We can confirm that both Lt. Cols. Vindman have been reassigned to the Department of the Army," an Army spokesperson told Task & Purpose. "Out of respect for their privacy, we will not be providing any further information at this time."
"There is no question in the mind of any American why this man's job is over, why this country has one less soldier serving it at the White House," Pressman said in the statement. "LTC Vindman was asked to leave for telling the truth. His honor, his commitment to right, frightened the powerful."
Editor's Note: This article originally appeared on Business Insider.
The Army is prepared to move Lt. Col. Alexander Vindman and his family to a secure location on a military base if it's deemed necessary, according to U.S. officials who spoke to The Wall Street Journal.
Vindman has been the target of repeated public attacks, including from President Donald Trump, over his central role in the escalating impeachment inquiry into Trump.