“Flushing out the pipes,” the adviser told CNN. “It was necessary.”
Schumer writes in his letter to Glenn Fine that although Vindman “lived up to his oath to protect and defend our Constitution by bravely stepping forward to tell the truth, he has been viciously attacked by the President and forced to endure threats to his and his family’s safety.”
“These attacks are part of a dangerous, growing pattern of retaliation against those who report wrongdoing only to find themselves targeted by the President and subject to his wrath and vindictiveness,” he said.
The New York Democrat asks Fine to inform his office and the public of the date “when personnel at your agency or department were last notified of their legal rights to make protected disclosures anonymously” along with a request for written certification “from your agency or department’s general counsel that he or she has not and will not permit retaliation or reprisals against anyone who has, or in the future makes, protected disclosures of presidential misconduct.”
“We welcome back all of our service members, wherever they serve, to any assignment they are given,” Defense Secretary Mark Esper had said Friday when asked about Vindman’s expected ouster.
Drawing on Trump’s Ukraine conduct, Schumer said in concluding his letter to Fine that “without the courage of whistleblowers and the role of Inspectors General, the American people may never have known how the President abused his power in the Ukraine scandal.”
“It is incumbent on you that whistleblowers like LTC Vindman — and others who put their lives on the line to protect our freedoms — are protected for doing what we hope and expect those who serve our country will do when called: tell the truth.”