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Wed Jul 8, 2020, 11:02 AM

Vindman to retire from military. His lawyer blames White House 'campaign of bullying, intimidation

Source: CNN

Lt. Col. Alexander Vindman, a key witness in President Donald Trump's impeachment inquiry, is retiring from the US Army after more than 21 years of military service because he determined that his future in the armed forces "will forever be limited" due to political retaliation by the President and his allies, his lawyer told CNN Wednesday.

Vindman has endured a "campaign of bullying, intimidation, and retaliation" spearheaded by the President following his testimony in the impeachment inquiry last year, according to his attorney, Amb. David Pressman.

News of Vindman's retirement marks the culmination of a months-long saga dating back to his public testimony in November.

Trump fired Vindman as the top Ukraine expert on the National Security Council in February and also ousted his twin brother who also played a key role in impeachment proceedings while serving at the White House as an NSC lawyer.

Read more: https://www.cnn.com/2020/07/08/politics/vindman-retiring-alleged-white-house-retaliation/index.html

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Reply Vindman to retire from military. His lawyer blames White House 'campaign of bullying, intimidation (Original post)
Mrs. Overall Jul 8 OP
BigmanPigman Jul 8 #1
madaboutharry Jul 8 #2
c-rational Jul 8 #4
Thomas Hurt Jul 8 #3
Evolve Dammit Jul 8 #16
Champp Jul 8 #5
aggiesal Jul 8 #6
ArizonaLib Jul 8 #10
aggiesal Jul 8 #12
ArizonaLib Jul 8 #15
aggiesal Jul 8 #20
Jarqui Jul 8 #7
delisen Jul 8 #8
keithbvadu2 Jul 8 #9
padah513 Jul 8 #11
olegramps Jul 8 #13
diva77 Jul 8 #28
usaf-vet Jul 8 #14
onetexan Jul 8 #17
sarge43 Jul 8 #19
usaf-vet Jul 8 #21
JustABozoOnThisBus Jul 8 #27
Raven123 Jul 8 #18
murielm99 Jul 8 #23
Frances Jul 8 #22
Yo_Mama_Been_Loggin Jul 8 #24
Collimator Jul 8 #25
Paladin Jul 8 #26
Judi Lynn Jul 8 #29

Response to Mrs. Overall (Original post)

Wed Jul 8, 2020, 11:04 AM

1. Another person who is a victim of tRump's vindictive nature,

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Response to Mrs. Overall (Original post)

Wed Jul 8, 2020, 11:07 AM

2. Lt. Col. Vindman is a good man.

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Response to madaboutharry (Reply #2)

Wed Jul 8, 2020, 11:09 AM

4. +1 Agreed.

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Response to Mrs. Overall (Original post)

Wed Jul 8, 2020, 11:07 AM

3. Trump gets off on doing this to people.

If he were poor, he would be killing and burying them in his backyard to get his jollies.

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Response to Thomas Hurt (Reply #3)

Wed Jul 8, 2020, 11:44 AM

16. Yes he does. Sadistic SOB

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Response to Mrs. Overall (Original post)

Wed Jul 8, 2020, 11:10 AM

5. The republican draft dodger pisses on another honorable American soldier

at least the Republican draft dodger is not letting the Russians put a bounty on Vindman.

Or is he?

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Response to Mrs. Overall (Original post)

Wed Jul 8, 2020, 11:11 AM

6. This is the winning that Pendejo45 is referring to ...

He's clearing the swap of people that don't bow down to him.

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Response to aggiesal (Reply #6)

Wed Jul 8, 2020, 11:30 AM

10. If so, it was the only time don colon was correct

- that we would get tired of it.

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Response to ArizonaLib (Reply #10)

Wed Jul 8, 2020, 11:34 AM

12. Excuse me for my ignorance ...

but who is Don Colon?

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Response to aggiesal (Reply #12)

Wed Jul 8, 2020, 11:40 AM

15. Instead of don Corleone as in the Godfather movies/books

Don Trump is don Colon. It sounds better in spanish, but my accent over the second syllable in Colon wouldn't post.

I like the spanish references (like pendejo45)

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Response to ArizonaLib (Reply #15)

Wed Jul 8, 2020, 12:02 PM

20. Don Coln ...

that's funny


I get it Don Colón

I tried adding the accent on the 'o' in the title, but it would accept.
But apparently it works in the Message text section.

So I understand why I initially saw Coln, then your change to Colon.

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Response to Mrs. Overall (Original post)

Wed Jul 8, 2020, 11:11 AM

7. This is a disgrace. It bothers me. ...nt

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Response to Mrs. Overall (Original post)

Wed Jul 8, 2020, 11:15 AM

8. We need a National Honor Roll of Patriots.


Anita Hill
Sally Yates
Alexander Vindman.......

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Response to Mrs. Overall (Original post)

Wed Jul 8, 2020, 11:22 AM

9. Salute!

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Response to Mrs. Overall (Original post)

Wed Jul 8, 2020, 11:32 AM

11. In 4 months

We can force Trump to retire but we gotta win big so Barr can't use any tricks.

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Response to Mrs. Overall (Original post)

Wed Jul 8, 2020, 11:35 AM

13. If Biden prevails, hopefully. I pray that these bastards will be held accountable.

If the Democrats capture the Senate and House I pray that they will clean house in the Dept. of Justice and prosecute everyone of those who have been complacent, especially the crooked Attorney General and his staff. Hopefully the solid principle that this nation was founded on that no person is above the law will be applied without any restraint.

I contend that if the Bush and Cheney administration had been held accountable that much what we are experiencing would have been avoided when people knew that they could be prosecuted. They sent thousands of our soldiers to the death on out right lies and we did nothing. Let us go after them with the same intensity that they have used over the last forty years to indoctrinate their constituency with lies and outright hatred about their fellow countrymen.

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Response to olegramps (Reply #13)

Wed Jul 8, 2020, 05:02 PM

28. +1

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Response to Mrs. Overall (Original post)

Wed Jul 8, 2020, 11:39 AM

14. Please don't retire until after the election. I salute you for your service Lt. Col. YOU WERE RIGHT!

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Response to usaf-vet (Reply #14)

Wed Jul 8, 2020, 11:50 AM

17. President Biden can appoint the good Lt. Col. to a great position to help Vets.

He is a true patriot and should be rewarded for his service and loyalty to our country.

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Response to usaf-vet (Reply #14)

Wed Jul 8, 2020, 12:02 PM

19. Second that.

Sir, hold on to paper work until 4 Nov; living well is the best revenge. Not impossible you could be a guest at President Biden's inaugural.

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Response to usaf-vet (Reply #14)

Wed Jul 8, 2020, 12:26 PM

21. I totally agree. Biden should appoint him to a PRESTIGIOUS job.

I totally agree. Biden should appoint him to a PRESTIGIOUS job. But he can do that if he still wears a uniform. Years in service have an impact on his retirement. Trump is hurting him financially. Intentionally remember he fired an FBI agent the day before he could benefit from his full retirement.

Trump is vindictive assh**e

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Response to usaf-vet (Reply #14)

Wed Jul 8, 2020, 03:54 PM

27. He can be returned to active duty, if it makes sense to him and to ...

... a new White House and Defense Department crew.

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Response to Mrs. Overall (Original post)

Wed Jul 8, 2020, 11:54 AM

18. Hope he gave Sen. Duckworth heads up on this announcement

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Response to Raven123 (Reply #18)

Wed Jul 8, 2020, 12:36 PM

23. They really are after the great Senator Duckworth.

We must all rally around her. They go after the strong ones.

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Response to Mrs. Overall (Original post)

Wed Jul 8, 2020, 12:27 PM

22. Biden

Should give him the medal of freedom

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Response to Mrs. Overall (Original post)

Wed Jul 8, 2020, 12:47 PM

24. If he committed a war crime Trump would've given him the Medal of Honor

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Response to Mrs. Overall (Original post)

Wed Jul 8, 2020, 02:24 PM

25. What is particularly heartbreaking

is that Vindman and his family left behind a totalitarian regime to live in a country that they believed was founded on honorable principles.

We heard him tell his father that he would be all right, even though he was speaking truth about the people in power. I don't remember if he specifically said, "This is America." as an affirmation that this country wouldn't seek to punish him for doing his duty and speaking the truth even if it were inconvenient to those in authority.

There is still a part of me that still believes the unspoken promise that Vindman encapsulated when he said, "This is America." Unfortunately, the words, "This is America." also highlight the broken promise to Black Americans when used in Childish Gambino's music video.

If slavery is America's "Original Sin", then Trump is America's secondary flare-up of some venereal disease.

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Response to Mrs. Overall (Original post)

Wed Jul 8, 2020, 02:27 PM

26. Unforgivable. Deserves retribution on a massive scale. (nt)

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Response to Mrs. Overall (Original post)

Wed Jul 8, 2020, 10:03 PM

29. From the Lincoln Project, for Lt. Col. Vindman:

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