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Trump purge: Impeachment witnesses lose their jobs

US President Donald Trump has fired two of the highest-profile witnesses in his impeachment probe, sparking accusations that he is on a campaign of revenge. Trump recalled his ambassador to the European Union, Gordon Sondland, just hours after Lieutenant Colonel Alexander Vindman, a decorated soldier who was the top Ukraine expert at the National Security…

Trump purge: Impeachment witnesses lose their jobs

US President Donald Trump has fired two of the highest-profile witnesses in his impeachment probe, sparking accusations that he is on a campaign of revenge.
Trump recalled his ambassador to the European Union, Gordon Sondland, just hours after Lieutenant Colonel Alexander Vindman, a decorated soldier who was the top Ukraine expert at the National Security Council (NSC), was ordered out of the White House on Friday.
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Vindman’s twin brother Yevgeny, also a lieutenant colonel who worked as a lawyer in the NSC, was fired simultaneously, US media reported.
The firings came two days after the Republican-majority Senate acquitted Trump of charges that he abused his office and one day after he gave a victory speech branding his opponents as “evil”.
Sondland, a political appointee who got his post after donating $1m to Trump’s inauguration, said in a brief statement: “I was advised today that the president intends to recall me effective immediately.”
The removal Vindman, a respected officer who was wounded in Iraq, was even more abrupt. 
Vindman was ordered out of his NSC offices and escorted out of the White House, lawyer David Pressman said in a statement, adding that the move was retribution for Vindman’s testimony.

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