Former National Security Council staff Lt. Col. Alexander Vindman will not be investigated for violating military guidelines over his testimony against President Donald Trump, the Army released Friday.
Politico reported that Army Secretary Ryan McCarthy reported at an event at the National Press Club that Vindman would deal with no disciplinary actions in an event and even downplayed Vindman’s removal from the NSC. Vindman had been already planned to return to the Army a couple of months before Trump removed him. Trump, as commander-in-chief, has the final discretion to get rid of individuals from his administration. He also removed Vindman’s twin sibling as part of a house cleaning to get rid of Obama-era holdovers at the National Security Council. McCarthy said Vindman would get a “bridging assignment” for the next couple of months.
“Then he will be heading to a senior service college this summer. There’s no investigation into him,” McCarthy mentioned.
On previous reports, Trump suggested at a press briefing on Tuesday that “the military can handle” Vindman. When asked what he suggested 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 continued by stating that Vindman said “very inaccurate things” during his testimony before the House Intelligence Committee concerning 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 probably dealing with the fact that Vindman broke one of the significant rules governing the military: Do not publicly concern or reject the orders and policies of higher ups. And since the president of the United States is on the top of the chain of command, Vindman broke the principle. Regardless of whether he will be disciplined for it is anyone’s guess.
While Vindman has become a hero to the Left simply for discussing out against Trump, the Right has noted that the former military official’s qualms with Trump had been policy associated and that he really got nothing to say about any criminal acts Trump might or might not have committed while talking 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 also criticized Vindman for his services, calling him a “chow thief” (someone who takes food when there is actually a limited source so other individuals can’t get any) as well as a “spotlight ranger” (a person who only worked really hard when he was being observed).