Officials who decide to blow the whistle on wrongdoing by those in power are not all created equal. Alexander Vindman, who raised alarms about Donald Trump’s phone call with Volodmyr Zelensky seemed to be an ideal flag raiser. The Lt. Col, who had served in the military for more than 20 years and had also been the recipient of a Purple Heart.
That impressive record, however, has not stopped Trump and his surrogates from attempting to sully the record of the former Army Ranger. This morning, while speaking with reporters, Trump threatened the whistleblower and alluded to having proof that Vindman was a “Never Trumper.”
Whistleblowers like Vindman are subject to protection under the Whistleblower Protection Act, which was enacted in 2012.
That did not stop the President from making a direct threat to the former Army Ranger. Trump told reporters, “It’s a whole scam… it’s between the Democrats and the fake news media.”
NEW: President Trump threatens to expose information about Lt. Col. Vindman. Watch. pic.twitter.com/pEmUlJkqvB
— Kelly O'Donnell (@KellyO) November 3, 2019
The President then continued his assault on the man who reported his conversation with Volodmyr Zelensky. He said that he had proof that Vindman is a “Never Trumper.” He then threatened, “We’ll be showing that to you (the evidence) real soon.”
Republicans had initially refused to admit that there was clear evidence of a quid pro quo between Trump and Zelensky. That strategy seems to have changed recently and it looks like the GOP will try to say that Trump’s offenses weren’t impeachable.
The President recently told reporters, “I’d rather go into the details of the case rather than process. Process is good, but I think you ought to look at the case.”
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Todd Neikirk is a New Jersey-based politics and technology writer. His work has been featured in psfk.com, foxsports.com, and PoliticusUSA. An avid pet lover, he has been known to contribute to Pet Lifestyles Magazine. He enjoys sports, politics, technology, and spending time at the shore with his family.