New York (Reuters) – United States Army Lieutenant Colonel Alexander Vindman should not fear retaliation on his testimony to the U.S. Congress in his thesis investigation into President Donald Trump, Defense Minister Mark Esper said on Monday.
PHOTO: Lieutenant Col. Alexander Vindman, director of European affairs at the National Security Council, came to a closing hearing on Capitol Hill to testify as part of the U.S. Assembly requesting information on U.S. President Trump, in Washington, USA, dated 07 Nov. 11 2019. REUTERS/Tom Brenner
Vindman, now in detail to the White House National Security Council, was targeted by Trump after his Oct. 29 testimony. Trump tweeted that Vindman was a “never Trumper witness,” raising questions about the potential of fallout in his military career.
“He shouldn’t have any fear of retaliation,” Esper told a small group of reporters in a flight to New York, adding that he strengthened the “no retaliation” message in a conversation with the military’s secretary.
Vindman was one of the United States officials in the White House tracking Trump’s call on 25 July with the Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy, a major focus of the dissertation exploration in the American Democratic House of Representatives.
According to a transcript of his testimony, Vindman said that he had no doubt that Trump asked Ukraine to investigate Democratic political opponents Joe Biden to return a visit to the Oval office for Ukraine…