Vindman: ‘I Am Absolutely a Never Trumper’

Elias Hubbard
September 15, 2020

In a preview clip from his interview with NBC News released on Monday, Vindman - a key witness in the impeachment trial of President Trump over the Ukraine scandal - was asked about whether he is a "Never Trumper", something the president and his supporters have repeatedly labeled the lieutenant coronel as.

Vindman, however, denies that he was the whistleblower who filed a complaint about Trump's call to Ukraine. "And that hope is to share a perspective that could somehow inform an electorate going to the most important election of our lifetime and maybe persuade them to choose an alternative to what we have, an alternative to four more years of disaster".

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Vindman testified in President Donald Trump's impeachment trial past year, claiming to have witnessed Trump pressure the Ukrainian President in a phone call to investigate former Vice President Joe Biden.

Pressed as to whether he thinks Russian Federation is blackmailing Trump, Mr Vindmand says: "They may or may not have dirt on him, but they don't have to use it".

Asked why he's speaking out now about Trump, Mr Vindman says: "I was drawn into this by the president, who politicised me".

In July, Vindman retired from the Army after more than two decades.

He also said that if Russian Federation does have "dirt" on Trump, as some of his critics have theorized, the Kremlin probably isn't actively blackmailing him.

He adds: "I think it's important for me to tell people that I think the president has made this country weaker".

"If he were to be re-elected, the joke was that I would end up in a radar station in Alaska".

Vindman also claimed in the NBC News interview that the White House leaked classified information about him to GOP congressional members in an attempt to smear him.

Vindman was sacked in February from the National Security Council and escorted off the White House grounds two days after the Senate acquitted Trump in his impeachment trial. "I have assumed a - what I analyze to be a significant amount of personal risk, reputational risk to come out here and to talk to you with one hope in mind".

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