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Alexander Vindman in fiery op-ed upon military retirement: 'I believe that in America, right matters'

August 1, 2020. Summarized by summa-bot.

WASHINGTON, DC - NOVEMBER 19: National Security Council Director for European Affairs Lt. Col. Alexander Vindman arrives to testify before the House Intelligence Committee in the Longworth House Office Building on Capitol Hill November 19, 2019 in Washington, DC. The committee will hear testimony during the third day of open hearings in the impeachment inquiry against U.S. President Donald Trump, whom House Democrats say held back U.S. military aid for Ukraine while demanding it investigate his political rivals and the unfounded conspiracy theory that Ukrainians, not Russians, were behind the 2016 computer hacking of the Democratic National Committee. (Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images)

Lt. Col. Alexander Vindman stood by his decision to act as a key witness in President Donald Trump's impeachment inquiry, vowing in a fiery Washington Post op-ed to reform a government he slammed as "reminiscent of the authoritarian regime my family fled."

In the op-ed that published Saturday upon retiring from the US Army after more than 21 years of military service, Vindman -- "now a civilian" -- recounted how he did not expect the course of events that stemmed from his decision to report concerns about Trump's July 25, 2019, phone call with the Ukrainian President to other officials on the National Security Council.

Vindman's testimony in the impeachment inquiry ultimately prompted Trump to fire him as the top Ukraine expert on the council in February and his decision to retire from the Army.

"During my testimony in the House impeachment inquiry, I reassured my father, who experienced Soviet authoritarianism firsthand, saying, 'Do not worry, I will be fine for telling the truth. ' Despite Trump's retaliation, I stand by that conviction," Vindman wrote, lambasting "the spurious attacks of a disreputable man and his sycophants. "

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