Attorney George Conway, husband of presidential counselor Kellyanne Conway, wrote in an op-ed published Monday by the Washington Post that President Donald Trump may need to be impeached once again following his removal of a National Security Council official.
Conway was critical of Trump’s decision to fire Army Lt. Col. Alexander Vindman following his testimony during the House’s impeachment inquiry last year.
Vindman reportedly told House Democrats that he believed the president acted improperly during a phone call July 25 with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky.
“With essentially no pretense about why he was doing it, the president brazenly retaliated Friday against two witnesses who gave truthful testimony in the House’s impeachment inquiry,” Conway wrote.
“He fired Lt. Col. Alexander Vindman and U.S. Ambassador to the European Union Gordon Sondland. And he also fired a third man, Lt. Col. Yevgeny Vindman, merely for being the brother of the first,” he added.
“If this were a criminal investigation, and Alexander Vindman and Sondland had given their testimony to a grand jury, this Friday Night Massacre could have been a crime,” Conway claimed.
The president’s defenders note that as commander-in-chief and head of the Executive Branch, he has virtual unlimited constitutional authority to hire and fire administration officials at will.
They also note Vindman was caught making contradictions and false claims during his testimony.
Doh! Vindman caught in a lie…his facial expression says it all…Vindman should not be wearing the uniform of the US Army – he has disrespected the service and the nation – he should just go to Ukraine as their defense minister as he is a perfect fit for their corruption https://t.co/0mxmNyz9Qb
— Tony Shaffer (@T_S_P_O_O_K_Y) November 20, 2019
“At the very least, it ought to be impeachable,” Conway wrote of Trump’s actions.
“If Richard M. Nixon was to be impeached for authorizing hush money for witnesses, and Trump himself was actually impeached for directing defiance of House subpoenas, then there should be no doubt that punishing witnesses for complying with subpoenas and giving truthful testimony about presidential misconduct should make for a high crime or misdemeanor as well,” he said.
“But it’s really not about this one day, or this one egregious act. It’s about who Trump is, who he always was and who he always will be.”