President Donald Trump has fired Ambassador to the European Union Gordon Sondland, making him the second official who testified in the House impeachment inquiry to be fired in apparent retaliation.
“I was advised today that the president intends to recall me effective immediately as United States Ambassador to the European Union,” Sondland said in a statement.
Sondland provided damaging testimony against Trump in the House impeachment inquiry, saying during a public hearing that “everyone was in the loop” about the effort to pressure Ukraine to investigate the president’s political rivals.
Sondland’s statement came just hours after Lt. Col. Alexander Vindman was dismissed from his post with the National Security Council and escorted off the White House grounds.
An attorney representing Vindman issued a scathing statement after his client was “escorted out of the White House” on Friday.
“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. LTC Vindman was asked to leave for telling the truth,” David Pressman of Boies Schiller Flexner LLP said in a statement.
“The truth has cost LTC Alexander Vindman his job, his career, and his privacy. He did what any member of our military is charged with doing every day: he followed orders, he obeyed his oath, and he served his country, even when doing so was fraught with danger and personal peril. And for that, the most powerful man in the world – buoyed by the silent, the pliable, and the complicit – has decided to exact revenge,” Pressman said.
Here’s the full statement from Lt. Col. Vindman’s attorney saying he was escorted out of the White House today pic.twitter.com/s9vzZJ7wof
— Katherine Faulders (@KFaulders) February 7, 2020