Impeachment Witness Alexander Vindman Sues Donald Trump Jr., Giuliani For ‘Intimidation And Retaliation’

Lt. Col. Alexander Vindman, who testified against then-President Donald Trump during his first impeachment trial, sued Trump allies including Donald Trump, Jr., and Rudy Giuliani in federal court Wednesday for unlawfully harassing and retaliating against him for speaking out against the president.

Vindman sued Trump Jr., Giuliani and Trump administration officials Julia Hahn and Dan Scavino, alleging they violated a civil rights law that prohibits people from using “force, intimidation, or threat” to interfere with government officials’ duties or try to deter them from testifying in court.

Vindman alleges the Trump allies “engaged in an intentional, concerted campaign of unlawful intimidation and retaliation” against him in late 2019 and early 2020 to try and stop him from testifying, and then punish him after he had.

The Trump allies allegedly tried to intimidate Vindman, who served as a director on the National Security Council, through such methods as pushing false narratives about him being a spy for Ukraine, which he alleges were “designed to inflict maximum damage” by spreading disinformation they knew would be picked up by right-wing media.

After he testified, Vindman alleges the Trump allies were involved in him and his brother being fired from their roles at the National Security Council and “derailing” his promotion to a full colonel.

Their attacks “destroyed” Vindman’s career and led to threats against him and his family, the lawsuit alleges, and dissuaded others from speaking out against the Trump administration.

Giuliani and an attorney for Donald Trump Jr. have not yet responded to requests for comment.

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