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President Donald Trump's former Chief of Staff, retired General John Kelly had some strong critiques for his former boss in recent remarks at the Drew University Forum lecture series.

General Kelly responded to Trump firing Lieutenant Colonel Alexander Vindman, who was ousted from the National Security Council after complying with a Congressionally approved subpoena to testify about the President's dealings with Ukraine. Vindman's brother—an NSC lawyer—was fired as well, despite playing no part in the impeachment proceedings.

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Just two days after the Senate voted to acquit President Donald Trump in its impeachment trial, Trump began taking revenge against key figures who testified before the House Committee overseeing impeachment.

Trump started by firing Lieutenant Colonel Alexander Vindman.

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Lieutenant Colonel Alexander Vindman was one of the first witnesses in the House of Representatives' initial impeachment inquiry into President Donald Trump.

Vindman testified before the House's select committee on impeachment late last year after hearing Trump's infamous July 25 phone call with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky.

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Lieutenant Colonel Alexander Vindman testified publicly on Tuesday before the House committee overseeing the impeachment inquiry against President Donald Trump.

Despite decades of military service and numerous commendations for such service (including a Purple Heart), House Republicans leapt to attempt to discredit Vindman in defense of Trump, even implying that he has a dual loyalty to Ukraine because he immigrated to the United States as a child.

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Former White House lawyer under George W. Bush, John Yoo, was on the receiving end of widespread backlash after he appeared to question the patriotism of Lt. Col. Alexander Vindman, a Purple Heart recipient and the White House's top Ukraine expert, for testifying in the ongoing impeachment inquiry against President Donald Trump.

Yoo seemed to accuse Vindman of "espionage" on Laura Ingraham's Fox News show, after noting that Vindman immigrated to the United States from Ukraine as a child.

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Lieutenant Colonel Alexander Vindman, the White House's top Ukraine expert, testified before the committees overseeing the impeachment inquiry against President Donald Trump on Tuesday.

Vindman was a firsthand witness to the July 25 phone call, in which Trump pressured Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky to investigate Trump's political rival, former Vice President Joe Biden.

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President Donald Trump and his allies leapt to discredit the character of Lt. Col. Alexander Vindman, the White House's top Ukraine expert, when they learned he would be testifying before the committees overseeing Donald Trump's impeachment hearing.

Notably, Vindman is the first person present for Trump's infamous July 25 phone call to testify.

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