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Pelosi: Vindman ouster is 'shameful'

Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiOvernight Health Care: Moderna to apply for emergency use authorization for COVID-19 vaccine candidate | Hospitals brace for COVID-19 surge | US more than doubles highest number of monthly COVID-19 cases House Democrats urge congressional leaders to support .1B budget for IRS Bipartisan Senate group holding coronavirus relief talks amid stalemate MORE (D-Calif.) lambasted President TrumpDonald John TrumpGeraldo Rivera on Trump sowing election result doubts: 'Enough is enough now' Murkowski: Trump should concede White House race Scott Atlas resigns as coronavirus adviser to Trump MORE over his ousting of Lt. Col. Alexander VindmanAlexander VindmanEsper: If my replacement is 'a real yes man' then 'God help us' Ukrainian president whose call with Trump sparked impeachment congratulates Biden Alexander Vindman congratulates Biden, Harris on election victory MORE, calling it a "brazen act of retaliation."

"President Trump is impeached forever," Pelosi said in a statement Friday. "The shameful firing of Colonel Vindman was a clear and brazen act of retaliation that showcases the President’s fear of the truth."

“History will remember Lieutenant Colonel Vindman as an American hero," she added.

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Vindman was the National Security Council's expert on Ukraine. He testified during the House's public impeachment hearings, detailing his knowledge of President Trump's dealings with Ukraine and its leader. Vindman's testimony, along with the testimony of several other government officials, led to the House Democrats passing two articles of impeachment, moving the proceedings to the Senate for trial. 

On Wednesday, Trump was acquitted by the GOP-controlled Senate on both articles of impeachment.

On Friday, Trump removed Vindman and his twin brother who was a lawyer for the NSC as well as ousting Gordon SondlandGordon SondlandGOP chairman vows to protect whistleblowers following Vindman retirement over 'bullying' Top Democrat slams Trump's new EU envoy: Not 'a political donor's part-time job' Trump names new EU envoy, filling post left vacant by impeachment witness Sondland MORE, who had been the U.S. Ambassador to the E.U.

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Sondland also testified during the public House impeachment hearings.

In a tweet Saturday morning, Trump claimed that he had never spoken to or met Vindman.