Sen. Tammy Duckworth (D-Ill.) announced Thursday that she is blocking the Senate confirmation of 1,123 senior U.S. Armed Forces promotions until Defense Secretary Mark Esper confirms that he is not going to block the promotion of Lt. Col. Alexander Vindman to colonel.
Vindman, a decorated Iraq War veteran who served on the staff of the White House's National Security Council, was a prominent witness in the impeachment inquiry into President Trump last year.
Lt. Colonel Alexander Vindman at the Impeachment Trial of Donald J. Trump. AP
Trump removed Vindman from his position with the National Security Council after his testimony, but Duckworth is pushing to make sure that the administration does not deny him his expected promotion to colonel.
The Illinois Democrat, a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, accused Trump in a statement Thursday of trying to "politicize the nation's Armed Forces." She is asking for Esper to provide written confirmation that Vindman will be promoted to colonel.
"Our military is supposed to be the ultimate meritocracy," Duckworth said. "It is simply unprecedented and wrong for any Commander in Chief to meddle in routine military matters at all, whether or not he has a personal vendetta against a Soldier who did his patriotic duty and told the truth—a Soldier who has been recommended for promotion by his superiors because of his performance."
The Hill, BY J. EDWARD MORENO - 07/02/20
July 3, 2020
Voices4America Post Script. Lt. Col. #AlexanderVidman, decorated Iraqi war hero, was a courageous witness at #TraitorTrump Impeachment. Trump then fired him from the WH National Security Council. Now, Trump has demanded Defense Sec Mark Esper stop Vidman’s promotion.
Sen. Tammy Duckworth has announced she will block confirmation of 1,123 U.S. Armed Forces promotions until Esper confirms in writing that he did not, or will not, block Alexander Vindman’s promotion to Colonel.
Take that, #CadetBonespurs
Will #MoscowMitch try to stop her?
She also had this to say about Trump’s treasonous behavior on the Russian bounties.
‘“I didn’t know that our adversary was helping kill American troops because no one told me” is not an excuse for th… https://t.co/IPYaVKe24d— NowThis (@NowThis)1593472378.0
I remind you Senator Duckworth lost her legs in Iraq. #HeroesBackHeroes