US ambassador to EU, a witness in Trump’s impeachment inquiry, fired

WASHINGTON (KUNA) US Ambassador to the European Union (EU) Gordon Sondland, who testified before Congress in President Donald Trump’s impeachment inquiry, was fired Friday from his post.

“I was advised today that the President intends to recall me effective immediately as United States Ambassador to the European Union,” Sondland said in a statement.

Sondland is the second witness in the impeachment inquiry to be removed Friday from his position after Alexander Vindman was “escorted out of the White House.” Vindman’s twin brother, Yevgeny, a National Security Council attorney, was also fired the same day although he never testified.

This comes 48 hours after Trump’s impeachment acquittal. House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff, who served as the lead House impeachment manager in the Senate trial, tweeted “President Trump is exacting his retribution, removing those who complied with subpoenas, came forward, and testified about his misconduct.” “These are the actions of a man who believes he is above the law. Precisely the kind of conduct Congressional Republicans enabled,” he said.

For her part, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi reacted in a tweet to the firing of Vindman, saying “his firing was a clear and brazen act of retaliation that showcases the President’s fear of the truth and the vindictiveness which led Republican Senators to be accomplices to President Trump’s cover up.”

Source: Kuwait News Agency