Was Col. Alexander Vindman the Whistleblower in First Trump Impeachment?

By author Elizabeth Vaughn

Retired Lt. Col. Alexander Vindman and then-Director of European Affairs for the National Security Council was a key witness for the Democrats during the 2019 House impeachment inquiry. Vindman, a direct witness to the July 25, 2019 conversation between President Donald Trump and Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky, was considered the White House’s “Ukraine expert.” He was so troubled by the call that he reported his concerns to the NSC’s lead counsel, John A. Eisenberg.

On Tuesday, the repellent Vindman released a memoir, entitled, “Here, Right Matters,” about his outsize role during the House’s sham impeachment of the President. And it has some on social media wondering if Vindman himself, might actually be the whistleblower.

In an article about this book, The New York Times reports the list of people who opposed Vindman’s decision to call out the President of the United States. Army leaders were not pleased that Vindman was “drawing the military into the political spotlight.” 

Vindman’s own father was also against the idea.

In a prepared statement ahead of his testimony before the House Intelligence Committee, Vindman wrote:

I did not think it was proper to demand that a foreign government investigate a U.S. citizen, and I was worried about the implications for the U.S. government’s support of Ukraine. Following the call, I… reported my concerns to NSC’s lead counsel…

I am a patriot, and it is my sacred duty and honor to advance and defend our country, irrespective of party or politics…

For over 20 years as an active-duty United States military officer and diplomat, I have served this country in a nonpartisan manner, and have done so with the utmost respect and professionalism for both Republican and Democratic administrations.

Vindman testified he had shared the read-out of the call with others, however, he refused to reveal their identities. Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA) stepped in multiple times during Vindman’s testimony to make sure this information was never exposed.

The story was that one of these individuals had filed the whistleblower complaint with the Intelligence Community Inspector General that triggered the impeachment.

Read the rest here.

By Elizabeth Vaughn

Photo by EpicTopTen.com at Flickr.

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