Courtesy of CNN:

The two impeachment witnesses that President Donald Trump fired Friday were quietly planning exits of their own, multiple people tell CNN.

Both Gordon Sondland and Lt. Col. Alex Vindman had seen their standings diminished significantly after they appeared before Congress and under subpoena to discuss the hold on military assistance to Ukraine. Because of that, both had been quietly planning to leave their positions after the impeachment trial wrapped up, three sources tell CNN.

Officials told the President this was likely and advised him to let them just leave on their own so he would spare himself the criticism of firing impeachment witnesses. But Trump didn’t want them to go quietly, according to one person familiar with his thinking.

A small group of Republican senators had also cautioned the President about the optics of firing witnesses, but he disregarded them too.

In the end, both were fired within hours of each other last Friday.

They could have left on their own and Trump could still claim a win, but that was not good enough. 

No, he had to turn it into the spectacle of having Lt. Colonel Vindman escorted out of the White House for maximum humiliation. 

This is how small, insecure people treat others.