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Trump says Pentagon should probe officer who testified in impeachment

President does not specify punishment, but says he expects military to review conduct of Lt. Col. Alex Vindman, who was already ousted from White House role in apparent retribution

National Security Council aide Lt. Col. Alexander Vindman, leaves after testifying before the House Intelligence Committee on Capitol Hill in Washington, November 19, 2019. (Julio Cortez/AP)
National Security Council aide Lt. Col. Alexander Vindman, leaves after testifying before the House Intelligence Committee on Capitol Hill in Washington, November 19, 2019. (Julio Cortez/AP)

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump suggested Tuesday that the Pentagon should review the conduct of a former White House national security aide who played a central role in the Democrats’ impeachment case and potentially consider disciplinary action against him.

Army Lt. Col. Alex Vindman, who until last week was detailed by the Pentagon to the White House, testified before the House impeachment panel that Trump inappropriately pushed Ukraine President Volodymyr Zelensky to investigate former Vice President Joe Biden and his son Hunter.

Vindman was ousted from his job on the White House National Security Council on Friday, just two days after the Senate acquitted Trump on abuse of power and obstruction of justice charges. He is to be reassigned by the Pentagon.

Trump has already been sharply criticized for pushing out Vindman and others who crossed him in the impeachment hearings.

US President Donald Trump President Trump speaks to reporters on February 11, 2020 in Washington, DC. (Mark Wilson/Getty Images/AFP)

Asked whether he wanted to see Vindman face discipline, Trump said military officials “can handle him any way they want” but also suggested that he expected commanders to review the decorated, 20-year officer’s conduct.

“That’s going to be up the military,” Trump said. “We’ll have to see. They are certainly, I imagine, going to take a look at that.”

Defense Secretary Mark Esper was asked earlier what the Pentagon would do to ensure that Vindman faces no retribution.

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