Following his recent acquittal, President Donald Trump appears to be cleaning house by getting rid of individuals who furthered the House-led partisan impeachment effort and who, obviously, do not support his agenda.
Or, if you follow the media narrative, he’s crossing names off an “impeachment revenge list.”
Another two bite the dust
Previously, we had already seen the firing of Marie Yovanovitch, the U.S. ambassador to Ukraine, and her successor William Taylor. Now, two more have been ousted from the White House.
On Friday, reports emerged that Lt. Col. Alexander Vindman, the National Security Council (NSC) expert on Ukraine — as well as his twin brother, a lawyer serving on the NSC — and Gordon Sondland, the U.S. ambassador to the European Union, were both dismissed from their positions.
It is probably no coincidence that all of these individuals were central to the House’s impeachment inquiry.
In particular, Vindman testified that he thought the phone call between President Trump and Ukranian President Volodymyr Zelensky was “inappropriate.” Sondland, on the other hand, tried to provide the House with evidence that there was, in his words, “a potential quid pro quo.”
The testimony of both went against the position of President Trump, who referred to the July 25th call with Zelensky as “perfect.” Perhaps it is, therefore, not surprising that the left is referring to the letting go of Sondland and Vindman as revenge-firings, and that is the position that Vindman’s lawyer has taken.
“There is no question in the mind of any American why this man’s job is over, why this country now has one less soldier serving it at the White House,” said attorney David Pressman. “LTC Vindman was asked to leave for telling the truth. His honor, his commitment to right, frightened the powerful.”
Sondland, though, took a completely different approach following his dismissal.
“I am grateful to President Trump for having given me the opportunity to serve, to Secretary Pompeo for his consistent support, and to the exceptional and dedicated professionals at the U.S. Mission to the European Union,” he said. “I am proud of our accomplishments. Our work here has been the highlight of my career.”
With Vindman and Sondland now out, it is starting to look as though President Trump is making headway against the swamp. In fact, according to Fox News, “eight of 12 officials who testified publicly during the impeachment hearings have left their roles, been fired, or reassigned.”
If true, the question now is who is next? According to Politico, it could be Sen. Mitt Romney (R-UT), the only Republican to vote to convict President Trump — although Romney is not up for reelection until 2024. Time will tell.