Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiBiden touts 'progress' during 'candid' meetings on .5T plan Manchin: Biden told moderates to pitch price tag for reconciliation bill On The Money — Democrats rush to finish off infrastructure MORE (D-Calif.) lambasted President TrumpDonald TrumpUkraine's president compares UN to 'a retired superhero' Collins to endorse LePage in Maine governor comeback bid Heller won't say if Biden won election MORE over his ousting of Lt. Col. Alexander VindmanAlexander VindmanShould reporters Woodward, Costa have sat on Milley-Trump bombshell for months? Overnight Defense & National Security — Milley becomes lightning rod Joint Chiefs Chairman Milley becomes lightning rod on right 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.
Lieutenant Colonel Vindman has proven to be an American patriot. His firing was a clear and brazen act of retaliation that showcases the President’s fear of the truth — and the vindictiveness which led Republican Senators to be accomplices to President Trump’s cover-up.— Nancy Pelosi (@SpeakerPelosi) February 8, 2020
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 SondlandThe Hill's 12:30 Report - Biden to mark Tuesday anniversary of George Floyd's death Trump impeachment witness suing Pompeo, State over legal fees America's practice of 'pay-to-play' ambassadors is no joke MORE, who had been the U.S. Ambassador to the E.U.
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.
....was given a horrendous report by his superior, the man he reported to, who publicly stated that Vindman had problems with judgement, adhering to the chain of command and leaking information. In other words, “OUT”.— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 8, 2020