Trump: I Ousted Col. Vindman For “Insubordination”

The New York Times reports:

U.S. President Donald Trump on Saturday defended the ouster of impeachment witness Lieutenant Colonel Alexander Vindman from the White House National Security Council, calling him “insubordinate” and saying he had incorrectly reported the contents of his “perfect” telephone calls.

Vindman was one of two witnesses who provided the most damaging testimony during Trump’s impeachment investigation, both of whom were ousted by the administration on Friday.

He was one of the officials who listened to a July 25 call between Trump and Ukraine’s president, Volodimir Zelenskiy, at the center of the impeachment probe and testified that he went immediately to the NSC’s chief lawyer to express his concern about it.