Pelosi: Vindman ouster is 'shameful'

Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiBattle over reopening schools heats up Pelosi: Trump wearing a mask is 'an admission' that it can stop spread of coronavirus Sunday shows - Spotlight shifts to reopening schools MORE (D-Calif.) lambasted President TrumpDonald John TrumpDavis: Supreme Court decision is bad news for Trump, good news for Vance Meadows trying to root out suspected White House leakers by feeding them info: Axios Pressley hits DeVos over reopening schools: 'I wouldn't trust you to care for a house plant let alone my child' MORE over his ousting of Lt. Col. Alexander VindmanAlexander VindmanGOP chairman vows to protect whistleblowers following Vindman retirement over 'bullying' Marie Yovanovitch on Vindman retirement: He 'deserved better than this. Our country deserved better than this' Schiff to Vindman: 'Right does not matter to Trump. But it matters to you' 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.