Alexander Vindman retires from US Army, alleges ‘bullying’ by Trump


Washington: Former White House aide Alexander Vindman, a key figure in the impeachment of President Donald Trump, says he is retiring from the Army after suffering what his attorney described as campaign of “bullying, intimidation, and retaliation” by Trump.

Vindman, an Army lieutenant colonel who had been due for a promotion, provided some of the most damaging testimony during an investigation by the US House of Representatives into Trump’s dealings with Ukraine.

Lt. Col. Alexander Vindman testifies before the House Intelligence Committee in November.

Lt. Col. Alexander Vindman testifies before the House Intelligence Committee in November.Credit:AP

Vindman confirmed his decision to retire instead of becoming a colonel and wrote on Twitter that he and his family “look forward to the next chapter of our lives”.

“After more than 21 years of military service, Lieutenant Colonel Alexander Vindman is retiring today after it has been made clear that his future within the institution he has dutifully served will forever be limited,” according to a statement from his attorney.