President Donald Trump has begun his witchhunt of impeachment witnesses. Before going into detail, Trump was accused of two charges for his impeachment. One is the abuse of power, and the second is obstructing Congress. The impeachment process began in the US House of Representatives, where he was voted out in favor of impeachment. US House of Representatives has Democrats in the majority. The next step is the trail in the Senate. Republicans were in the majority in the Senate, and it helped Donald Trump to get acquitted of the charges in the Senate. Sixty-seven guilty votes were needed to prove his charges. However, only 48 and 47 votes were cast against Trump, thereby allowing him to remain in the office.
Within hours of his acquittal, President Donald Trump and the White House fired two of the most crucial witnesses against the president in the investigation, which led to his impeachment of abuse of power. There were news reports late on Friday saying Trump ordered the recall of Gordon Sondland, the US Ambassador to the European Union effective immediately. Before that, the White House escorted out Lt. Col. Alexander Vindman, who was the top Ukraine policy officer on the National Security Counsel. Vindman was escorted along with his twin brother Yevgeny who was not even an impeachment witness. The move came amidst the promise of "payback" by the White House officials. As some of them were testified or played a vital role in the impeachment of the president.
After his acquittal, President Donald Trump spent two days railing against his possible enemies. He criticized Sen. Mitt Romney and Joe Manchin, as they voted to convict Trump and also retweeted calls by his allies to take revenge on his opponents. It included the Democratic lawmakers who led the drive against him. Several other diplomats left their roles during the impeachment trial. Some of the top witnesses in the impeachment inquiry - former US envoy to Ukraine Bill Taolyer and Marie Yovanovitch left the State Department in recent days. Others including former State Department hand Michael McKinley, former Ukrainer envoy Kurk Volker, and Vindman's NSC supervisor Tim Morrison also left midway. Presently, 17 witnesses of the House remain in their posts.
Before removing Vindman, the president told reporters that he was "not happy" with his aide. David Pressman, one of Vindman's lawyers, issued a statement that says - "Vindman's ouster was clearly a political punishment for his role in the impeachment inquiry. There's no question in the minds of Americans on why this man's job is over, why this country has one less soldier serving it at the White House."
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