|His representative added that he had "put the interests of his country ahead of his own. "LTC Vindman's patriotism has cost him his career," he said. Lt Col Vindman tweeted confirming his decision.(Photo by=Yahoo/BBC)|
[아시아뉴스통신=레악카나 기자] A senior official fired from the White House after testifying against Donald Trump during impeachment hearings has quit the military. Lt Col Alexander Vindman was the victim of a "campaign of bullying, intimidation and retaliation" by the president, his lawyer said.
A statement said he had retired after 21 years of military service because his future would be "forever limited". His representative, David Pressman, said Lt Col Vindman had spoken publicly only once on the matter - under subpoena from Congress. Mr Pressman added that he had "put the interests of his country ahead of his own. "LTC Vindman's patriotism has cost him his career," he said.
Testifying in Congress last November, Lt Col Vindman, the White House National Security Council's top Ukraine expert, said he was "concerned" after hearing Mr Trump's "improper" phone call on 25 July 2019 with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky.
The call led to Mr Trump's impeachment in December by the Democrat-majority House of Representatives for abuse of power and obstruction of Congress. Democratic lawmakers argued that the president had dangled US aid in exchange for political favours. The Republican-majority Senate acquitted the president in February.