National Security Council official Lt. Col. Alexander Vindman, who testified in the impeachment inquiry against President Donald Trump, wasnt fired by the president, the White House and Vindmans lawyer confirmed.
After CBS took comments that national security adviser Robert OBrien made and may have added a statement he didnt make, misinformation surfaced on social media on Nov. 10.
Asked if Vindman, the top Ukraine specialist on the National Security Council, would remain on the council after testifying against Trump, OBrien said, “Everyone whos detailed at the NSC, people are going … back to their own departments, and well bring in new folks.”
CBSs “Face the Nation” Twitter account appeared to read more into OBriens comments and told its 481,000 followers, “VINDMAN OUT AT NSC: After testifying on the Hill, NSA OBrien says Alexander Vindman will be removed from the National Security Council.”
The narrative was picked up by Talking Points Memo, the Daily Kos, and Democratic activists such as Amy Siskind and Scott Dworkin.
“BREAKING: Trump has fired Lt Col Vindman, whose damning testimony confirmed Trump tried to bribe and extort Ukraine,” Dworkin told followers in a Twitter post that recorded over 75,000 likes and shares.
But the White House and Vindmans lawyer both said Vindman would keep his job.
Michael Volkov, Vindmans attorney, told CBS that Vindman “still has a job” and that “his detail ends in July 2020.”
“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,” Volkov said.
White House press secretary Stephanie Grisham also pushed back against the reports, telling the Washington Examiner: “He is still there.”
OBrien told “Face the Nation” that he thinks the National Security Council “got bloated to like 236 people” and hes working to streamline it. HosRead More – Source