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Lt. Col. Alexander Vindman, the European affairs director on the National Security Council, was back in the news on Sunday, this time because the mainstream media claimed that he was fired from the NSC in retaliation for sworn testimony he gave to House Democrats leading the impeachment effort against President Donald Trump.

“Vindman booted from NSC,” Josh Marshall, publisher of the left-wing website Talking Points Memo, declared on Twitter.

“VINDMAN OUT AT NSC,” the official Twitter account for CBS’ “Face the Nation” claimed.

The reporting, of course, led some to accuse the president of additional “impeachable” offenses.

The reporting hinged on comments from national security adviser Robert O’Brien, who told “Face the Nation” on Sunday that a substantial number of people on the NSC will be returned to their respective government agencies in the near future in an effort to streamline the NSC, which has bloated to more than 230 individuals.

As O’Brien explained, the NSC is comprised of security and intelligence experts from numerous government agencies, who serve an appointment on the NSC before returning to their agency of employment.

“We’re streamlining the National Security Council. There are people that are detailed from different departments and agencies. My understanding is he — that Col. Vindman— is detailed from the Department of Defense. So everyone who’s detailed at the NSC, people are going to start going back to their own departments and we’ll bring in new folks,” O’Brien said. “But we’re going to get that number down to around a hundred people.”

It turned out that O’Brien was only commenting on the impending NSC staff reductions — not implying that Vindman would be fired.

Vindman’s lawyer, Michael Volkov, confirmed to CBS News that Vindman is still a member of the NSC and will remain on the council for the duration of his appointment.

“Still has a job — his detail ends in July 2020,” Volkov said. “Vindman is still detailed to NSC. We are not aware of any changes in his status. Obviously any retaliatory action against LTC Vindman on a day when we honor our military heroes would be reprehensible.”

White House press secretary Stephanie Gresham similarly confirmed to the Washington Examiner that Vindman was still employed on the NSC.

Perhaps the confusion could have been avoided had the media watched O’Brien’s interview further because when asked to confirm whether or not Vindman was being fired as retaliation for his testimony, O’Brien confirmed that he was not being fired. “I never retaliated against anyone,” he said.

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6 Comments
  • Amigorick says:

    The so-called news outlets no longer confirm a story before reporting it. They are so determined to be the first to report something that they sacrifice factual truth and report what could basically be called hearsay. That is why, sadly, we can no longer rely on most news outlets for important information. They have turned into political affiliates.

  • Gr8awakening says:

    Sleepy Joe Biden did say they choose truth over facts. Assuming that the truth is a lie would be a problem I guess.
    Very interesting how CBS fired a woman they suspected of leaking an interview from ABC to Project Veritas. The fake media are in lock-step!!

  • Chaz says:

    Big scoop!! CBS scores again…yay…got it all wrong again, too. Asshole apparatchiks.

  • Bob Macfarlane says:

    Still has his job but he should never see the Silver Eagle land on his shoulders. He should have been fired for disobeying a direct order of the CiC.

  • FoolIggy says:

    Karma is at work here.

    Vindman should be FIRED and reduced in rank!

    The military has a long standing tradition of NOT allowing anyone serving their country in uniform to publicly comment on either side of the political isle.

    Vindman has already signed his ‘death warrant’ on his own career and an Oliver North he ain’t!

    Just another loose cannon who believes he is above those he was employed to serve!

    Vindman is only being promoted in any news clip because he has proven himself to be part of the fake news process and therefore a PAWN in the demoncrat process!

  • Matt says:

    Somehow, Vindman looks a little… off. I cannot imagine him being even a Private, let alone a Lt Col. Who would feel comfortable obeying an order from him?

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