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Letter

Sending Office: Honorable Brendan F. Boyle
Sent By:
jennifer.kwon@mail.house.gov

        Request for Cosponsor(s)

Dear Colleague:

I invite you to cosponsor H.Res.850, Expressing disapproval of the Trump Administration’s removal of United States Army Lieutenant Colonel Alexander Vindman from the National Security Council.

This overt attempt to retaliate against witnesses sets a dangerous precedent that conflicts with the foundational values of our justice system – in which impartial participation should be encouraged rather than punished.

Lieutenant Colonel Alexander Vindman and his brother, Lieutenant Colonel Yevgeny Vindman, have served our country honorably and selflessly, accounting for decades of service to protect our national security at home and abroad. These twin brothers, who immigrated
to New York at a young age, represent the very essence of the American dream. They came to the United States in search of the opportunity to succeed, motivated by the notion of our meritocracy and the promise of a government that would stand for truth. These
two patriots embody the values that have advanced the American experiment for generations, yet, today, the very nation they sought to protect has let them down.

Charged with upholding and enforcing our nation’s laws, the Office of the President of the United States should seek to preserve the political neutrality of our federal government. Blatant attempts to govern by fear, exemplified by the unwarranted and politically
motivated termination of two qualified, distinguished, and dedicated public servants, have no place in a nation ruled by laws.

For more information or to cosponsor H.Res.850, please reach out to Jennifer Kwon at
Jennifer.Kwon@mail.house.gov in my office.

Sincerely,

Brendan F. Boyle
Member of Congress

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H.Res.850

Expressing disapproval of the Trump administration’s removal of United States Army Lieutenant Colonel Alexander Vindman from the National Security Council.

Whereas Lieutenant Colonel Alexander Vindman serves our country honorably and selflessly;

    Whereas Lieutenant Colonel Alexander Vindman is a Purple Heart recipient and an Iraq war veteran with multiple military honors;

      Whereas, on November 19, 2019, Lieutenant Colonel Alexander Vindman testified, under subpoena, before the Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence of the House of Representatives about President Trump’s July 25 telephone call with Ukraine President Volodymyr
      Zelensky and his concerns about the call, which he reported to his superiors;

        Whereas at the hearing, Lieutenant Colonel Alexander Vindman said “I am a patriot, and it is my sacred duty and honor to advance and defend our country, irrespective of party or politics.”;

          Whereas Lieutenant Colonel Alexander Vindman and his twin brother, Lieutenant Colonel Yevgeny Vindman, were removed from the National Security Council on February 7, 2020, in an apparent act of retaliation;

            Whereas the Office of the President of the United States should seek to preserve the political neutrality of the Federal Government; and

              Whereas blatant attempts to govern by fear, exemplified by the unwarranted and politically motivated termination of two qualified, distinguished, and dedicated public servants has no place in a Nation ruled by laws: Now, therefore, be it

                Resolved, That it is the sense of the House of Representatives that—

                (1) the actions taken by the Trump administration to seek retribution from witnesses of the House impeachment inquiry is a cruel attack on all public servants, creating fear in the United States Government;

                (2) the Trump administration must immediately end retribution of all witnesses of the House impeachment inquiry; and

                (3) the Trump administration should uphold its responsibility to democratic values of the United States.

                 

                Related Legislative Issues

                Selected legislative information: Armed Services, Government, Intelligence, Judiciary

                Related Bill Information

                Bill Type: H.Res.
                Bill Type: 850
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