White House Staff’s Reaction to Vindman’s Departure

by Daveda Gruber:

On a radio show “Geraldo in Cleveland” which is a Fox News Radio affiliate WTAM, President Trump made some remarks that enlightened the public as to the reaction of how people inside the White House reacted to Lt. Col. Alexander Vindman being removed.

Vindman, who was one of the key impeachment witnesses in the House impeachment inquiry, was escorted out of the White House last Friday, February 7th, along with his twin brother Yevgeny Vindman, another Army lieutenant colonel who worked at the NSC.

Yevgeny Vindman worked as an attorney who focused on ethics for the NSC and did not testify in the inquiry.

It appears that White House staff applauded as the brothers were removed.

Trump told the radio show, “Vindman was the guy that, when we took him out of the building, the building applauded. I don’t know if you heard that. The whole building, many people in the building started applauding.”

Trump went on to say that he had never met Vindman but thought his actions were “very insubordinate.”

While referring to Vindman’s complaint about the president’s phone call with Ukraine Trump stated, “First of all, that’s very insubordinate, why wouldn’t he go to his immediate – he went to Congress or he went to Schiff or he went to somebody.”

He added, “I’m not a fan.”

Vindman’s lawyer, David Pressman said in a statement that his client was escorted out of the White House complex, told to leave in retaliation for “telling the truth.”

Well, if telling the truth is allegedly fabricating a recollection that he had no firsthand knowledge of to others is “telling the truth” I’d have a lot of stories to tell.

In the meantime a handful of the House’s 17 witnesses still remain in their posts.

I can always be reached on Twitter to discuss political views.

@DavedaGruber

Vindication: Two for the Price of One?

by Daveda Gruber:

On Friday a man who stirred up some controversy during the impeachment hearings by the House of Representatives was fired by the National Security Council and escorted off of the White House grounds.

Lt. Col. Alexander Vindman, who was on detail to the National Security Council from the Department of Defense may go back there.

Vindman’s attorney, David Pressman stated, “There is no question in the mind of any American why this man’s job is over, why this country now has one less soldier serving it at the White House. LTC Vindman was asked to leave for telling the truth. His honor, his commitment to right, frightened the powerful.”

It has been reported that Vindman’s twin brother Lt. Col. Yevgeny Vindman has also left the National Security Council. Yevgeny Vindman had been assigned to the office that vetted publications such as books, such as former national security adviser John Bolton’s book.

Vindman has maintained that he was not involved in the vetting of the Bolton manuscript.

When questioned about the Friday reports President Trump told reporters that he was “not happy with him. You think I’m supposed to be happy with him? I’m not.

Trump added that a decision would be made soon.

There were reports that the White House was juggling their options to dismiss Vindman from the NSC in an effort to downsize its foreign policy bureaucracy and the action had no bearing with retaliation.

Defense Secretary Mark Esper said, “We welcome back all of our service members wherever they served to any assignment they’re given. As I said, we protect all of our persons, servicemembers from retribution or anything like that. We have already addressed that in policy and other means.”

We all know what Vindman testified to during the House impeachment hearings. His twin brother was in the room listening in support of his brother.

My own thoughts are that if the Vindman brothers were in Russia, they may have been sent to Siberia.

I believe that explains my views of the twins.

I can always be reached on Twitter to discuss your political views.

@DavedaGruber