Trump Impeachment Witness Vindman Sues Loyalists Over Intimidation Tactics

Alexander Vindman, former Lt. Col. Alexander Vindman was a key witness in the impeachment proceedings against Donald Trump Jr. in 2019. Rudy Giuliani and two former White House staffers filed a lawsuit against Trump Jr., Rudy Giuliani and their former White House staffers alleging witness intimidation against him.

Citing the Ku Klux Klan Act – a 19th century law that bars threats or intimidation toward government officials who are carrying out their constitutional duties – Vindman alleged that the group of Trump allies engaged in a conspiracy of witness tampering against him over his testimony in the 2019 impeachment proceedings; in his testimony, Vindman discussed the former president’s attempts to compel Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky to find him political dirt on Joe Biden a year ahead of the 2020 presidential election.

“It has always been fair game to criticize public figures,” Vindman wrote in an op-ed for USA TodayFollowing the filing of his lawsuit. “But what happened to me was something different. I was attacked in a way that would inflict maximum personal or professional damage in order to stop me from testifying and to punish me for it. In this country, that violates the law.”

Vindman was a witness at the time of Vindman’s testimony. director for European Affairs at the National Security Council. At least once He raised concerns to his superiors about Trump’s intimidation of Zelensky in the July 2019 call.

Vindman claims that Trump operatives named on his lawsuit retaliated to him by temporarily blocking Vindman’s promotion in Army and by removing Vindman, his brother, from White House positions.

There was “an intentional, concerted campaign of unlawful intimidation and retaliation” against him, the lawsuit alleges.

“This campaign of intimidation and retaliation has had severe and deeply personal ramifications for Lt. Col. Vindman,” the lawsuit goes on. “It also left a stain on our democracy.”

Although Donald Trump Sr. was not named in this suit, the former President engaged in what could have been considered retaliatory activity against Vindman. Vindman’s testimony was recorded in the fall of 2019. Trump said to the media that he would not share any damaging informationThat revealed that the ex-Army officer was acting in a political manner when he chose to speak to impeachment probes.

However, Trump never followed through on his threat and it’s unclear if such evidence even exists.

Rather, Vindman explained during his testimony that he decided to speak out about Trump’s attempted quid pro quo with Ukraine because the former president’s actions could “undermine U.S. national security.”

“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,” Vindman said during his depositionIt was more than two years ago. “I realized that if Ukraine pursued an investigation into the Bidens and Burisma (the energy company) it would likely be interpreted as a partisan play, which would undoubtedly result in Ukraine losing the bipartisan support it has thus far maintained.”