NEW YORK (Reuters) - U.S. Army Lieutenant Colonel Alexander Vindman should not fear retaliation over his testimony to the U.S. Congress in its impeachment inquiry into President Donald Trump, Defense Secretary Mark Esper said on Monday.
Vindman, now detailed to the White House National Security Council, has been targeted by Trump following his Oct. 29 congressional testimony. Trump tweeted that Vindman was a "Never Trumper witness," raising questions about potential fallout on his military career.
"He shouldn't have any fear of retaliation," Esper told a small group of reporters during a flight to New York, adding that he had reinforced the "no retaliation" message in a conversation with the secretary of the Army.
Maj. Gen. Clay L. Garrison. Photo: Tech. Sgt. Charles Vaughn/U.S. Air National Guard
The head of the California Air National Guard and one of its five wing commanders have been removed from their positions amid complaints of reprisals against whistleblowers and allegations of a cover-up of misconduct that reached into the highest ranks of the organization, officials announced Friday.
U.S. Coast Guard/Petty Officer 3rd Class Cory J. Mendenhall
The Coast Guard Academy said Wednesday that it was reviewing a report that found it had retaliated against a black, female officer after she made discrimination and harassment complaints against her superiors, including the head of her department.