Schumer Seeks Army Protection For Security Official

Bloomberg reports:

Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer wrote to top Army officials Wednesday demanding to know what protections will be afforded to Army officer Alexander Vindman after the National Security Council aide’s patriotism was questioned by critics as he testified as part of the House impeachment inquiry.

“Although he has served our country for more than 20 years and is a recipient of the Purple Heart after being injured while serving in Iraq, he has been called a variety of derogatory terms and some have even gone so far as to call him a spy and question his loyalty to the United States,” Schumer said in a letter to Army Secretary Ryan McCarthy and Army Chief of Staff James McConville.

Schumer called such attacks “outrageous and unacceptable” and requested a briefing to learn what the Army will do to ensure “Vindman and whistle-blowers like him are afforded appropriate protections” for themselves and their families. Vindman, a lieutenant colonel, joined the NSC staff in 2018.