Let the purge begin! (Actually, it has already been in motion for a while).
Remember this fella?
I also recognize that my simple act of appearing here today, just like the courage of my colleagues who have also truthfully testified before this committee, would not be tolerated in many places around the world. In Russia, my act of expressing concern to the chain of command in an official and private channel would have severe personal and professional repercussions, and offering public testimony involving the president would surely cost me my life.
I’m grateful to my father for his brave act of hope 40 years ago and for the privilege of being an American citizen and public servant where I can live free of fear for mine and my family’s safety. Dad, I’m sitting here today in the U.S. Capitol talking to our elected professionals. Talking to our elected professionals is proof that you made the right decision 40 years ago to leave the Soviet Union and come here to the United States of America in search of a better life for our family. Do not worry. I will be fine for telling the truth.
Define “fine.” Sure, nobody has yet carried out the death threats they have made against you. But in Donald Trump’s administration, “I will be fine” doesn’t mean no retaliation:
Lt. Col. Alexander Vindman, a key witness in President Donald Trump’s impeachment inquiry, has told colleagues he expects to leave the White House’s National Security Council in the coming weeks to return to the Defense Department, a source tells CNN.
Vindman said his departure from the council could come as soon as this month, the source said. That would be well ahead of the scheduled end of his time at the White House, which was originally slated to last until July. Vindman was appointed to his post in July 2018 and was asked to stay for two years.
The source did not say whether Vindman’s departure was voluntary or at the behest of the White House, though aides inside the West Wing had speculated it could come soon as the impeachment trial was over.
Trump has continued to fume about Vindman’s presence at the National Security Council since he testified, according to people familiar with the matter. Vindman’s duties were significantly curtailed after he testified — as were his those of his brother, an attorney for the council, according to sources familiar with the situation.
So we’re not the Soviet Union, where they kill people for this stuff. We’re Soviet-lite. We just make sure they’re not around any more. Also jettisoned before their time: Jennifer Williams, a special adviser to Mike Pence.
News of Vindman’s likely departure follows another witness, Jennifer Williams, who left Vice President Mike Pence’s office two months ahead of schedule.
If you can eliminate and make an example of anyone who tried to reveal your corruption, it makes it easier to do your corruption.
Next stop: the whistleblower! Retaliation against him would be against the law, of course … but perhaps you had forgotten: Donald Trump is above the law.