So we’re just going full-on dictator this morning are we?
Courtesy of Politico:
President Donald Trump on Tuesday said the military will likely look at disciplinary action against Lt. Col. Alexander Vindman, just days after the National Security Council official was ousted from the White House after giving damaging testimony during the House impeachment hearings.
“That’s going to be up to the military, we’ll have to see, but if you look at what happened, they’re going to certainly, I would imagine, take a look at that,” Trump said in response to a follow-up question about what he meant when he said, “the military can handle him.”
Trump also said he wasn’t “happy” with Vindman and his twin brother Yevgeny, who served as a senior NSC lawyer and was also recalled on Friday despite not being a witness in the president’s impeachment hearings. Trump, without providing evidence or specific examples, said Alexander Vindman reported “very inaccurate things” about the “perfect” call with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky.
“It turned out that what he reported was very different,” Trump said. “And also when you look at the person he reports to, said horrible things, avoided the chain of command, leaked, did a lot of bad things. And so we sent him on his way to a much different location, and the military can handle him anyway they want.”
Actually Vindman did nothing legitimately wrong.
His only unforgivable sin in Trump’s eyes is that he dared to rat him out to the congressional Democrats.
So just to sum up, in the last 24 hours Trump has had his Justice Department interfere in the sentencing of one of his henchmen, had his cronies in the Senate block a bill that would keep his Russan pals from helping him to win the next election, and urged his military to punish a soldier for testifying honestly under oath.
And this is only Wednesday.