The administration of United States on Friday, 7 February 2020 fired two witnesses who provided testimony in investigating Trump’s impeachment request. The two fired men were Lt. Col. Alexander Vindman of the United States Army and United States Ambassador to the European Union Gordon Sondland.
“Vindman was asked to leave office just because he told the truth,” said David Pressman, Vindman’s lawyer, as quoted by reuters.com, Saturday, February 8, 2020.
The dismissal came two days after President Trump was released by the Republicans who controlled the Senate from the Democrats’ impeachment attempt. Trump is believed to have pressured Ukraine into conducting an investigation on a political opponent.
In this dismissal, Vindman looked escorted out of the White House. Vindman’s twin sister, Yevgeny, who works as a lawyer in the United States National Security Council, was also seen on the escort outside the Putin Building.
Shortly afterwards, Sondland said he had been fired from his position as United States Ambassador to the European Union.
Sondland and Vindman both testified in the investigation of the 2019 Trump impeachment request at the DRP level. The United States House of Representatives is currently controlled by the Democratic Party.
Although he has been freed from the impeachment efforts, Trump admitted that he was still disappointed with the Democratic Party politicians and government officials involved in his impeachment investigation. A spokesman for the United States National Security Council declined to comment on this matter.
“I’m not happy with him (Vindman). In your opinion, I should be satisfied with it ?, “Trump said alluding to Vindman, Friday, February 7, 2020.
Vindman is known to testify in November 2019 by saying it was difficult for him to believe what he had heard when he heard the telephone conversation on July 25, 2019 between President Trump and President of Ukraine Volodimir Zelenskiy. While Sondland, who is from the Republican Party, in his testimony said he had followed President Trump’s orders when Sondland had to pressure Ukrainian officials to investigate according to the President’s wishes.
“I thank President Trump for giving me the opportunity to serve,” said Sondland.
The White House and the United States Department of Foreign Affairs have not commented on Sondland’s dismissal, which testified in Trump’s impeachment investigation. While Democratic Senate member Dianne Feinstein said the dismissal was clearly a case of retaliation.