Lieutenant Colonel Alexander Vindman, the national security officer who played a key role in impeaching President Donald Trump, announced his resignation from the army on Wednesday in a damning statement accusing the President of a "campaign of bullying, intimidation and retaliation “To perform. ”
David Pressman's statement said Vindman would leave the army after more than 21 years after making it clear "that his future within the institution he served dutifully will be forever limited".
“Through a campaign of bullying, intimidation and retaliation, the President of the United States tried to force LTC Vindman to choose: between compliance with the law or the satisfaction of a president. Between the honor of his oath or the protection of his career. Between protecting his transportation or the transportation of his fellow soldiers, "read the statement first received from CNN.
The White House did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
Trump pushed Vindman out of his White House job in February just two days after his Senate acquittal. Vindman's lawyer said his client had been ordered to retaliate to "tell the truth."
Vindman testified that he did not think it was "right" that Trump "was requesting an investigation by a foreign government," former Vice President Joe Biden, and his son's dealings with the energy company Burisma in Ukraine.
In a gripping testimony, Vindman also spoke about the history of his family and his father, who brought them to the United States as a small child.
“Dad, I'm sitting here in the US Capitol today and talking to our elected officials. This is proof that you made the right decision 40 years ago to leave the Soviet Union and come here to the United States to find a better life for us family, ”he said. "Don't worry, I'll be fine if I tell the truth."