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Trump 'continued to put us in danger' by referencing us, says Rachel Vindman, wife of key impeachment witness

October 17, 2020. Summarized by summa-bot.

Rachel Vindman -- the wife of former Lt. Col. Alexander Vindman, a key witness in President Donald Trump's impeachment inquiry -- slammed the President on Friday for going after her husband and family.

Alexander Vindman, a key witness in President Donald Trump's impeachment inquiry -- slammed the President on Friday for going after her husband and family.

Alexander Vindman was present on the phone call in which Trump essentially tried to shake down Ukraine's President to investigate former Vice President Joe Biden in exchange for much needed US military aid.

"He was scared," Rachel Vindman said of Trump.

Alexander Vindman raised concerns about Trump's July 25, 2019, phone call with the Ukrainian President to other officials on the National Security Council.

According to Rachel Vindman, her husband believed raising his concerns about the phone call would lead to an internal course correction in the President's approach to Ukraine, and he had no idea it would set in motion a whistleblower complaint that led to Trump's impeachment.

Rachel Vindman was worried, but she had no idea the extent to which her husband was about to become embroiled in an historic presidential impeachment.

Rachel Vindman helped her husband write his opening remarks that introduced him, for the first time, to millions of Americans.

So it was just a suckerpunch to see someone accuse him of being a traitor," Rachel Vindman said.

On Fox News, host Laura Ingraham accused Alexander Vindman of working to help the Ukrainian government, against the interests of Trump, noting the Lt. Col.

"I have tremendous respect for a decorated officer of the US Army and a veteran of the Iraq War. I have no reason to question Vindman's patriotism or loyalty to the United States," he said.

Rachel Vindman remembers watching her husband testify before Congress, filled with pride, even as she worried about the cost his honesty would exact on his career and their family.

"The most powerful man in the world is -- you know, a very veiled, like, 'We'll see about your spouse and your life. ' It's -- it is really intimidating," Rachel Vindman recounted Friday.

I don't think that that's something we're going to be able to put into context for a very long time," Rachel Vindman said.

Alexander Vindman agreed recently to an interview with Jeffrey Goldberg at The Atlantic, after reading an article he wrote about the President allegedly calling service members killed in war "suckers" and "losers. " Goldberg also described Trump at Arlington Cemetery on Memorial Day in 2017, saying, "I don't get it.

In Rachel Vindman's mind, there is no doubt the President said those things.

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