• A US senator and Army veteran is blocking over 1,000 senior military promotions to shield a key impeachment witness from Trump

    1 month ago - By Business Insider

    Sen. Tammy Duckworth is threatening to block 1,123 senior military promotions until the secretary of defense agrees in writing not to block the promotion of Lt. Col. Alexander Vindman.
    Vindman, an Iraq War veteran who served on the White House National Security Council, testified in House impeachment hearings that Trump's actions on a call with Ukraine's president was "improper."
    In the wake of his testimony, Trump fired Vindman, and now there are reports that the president could nix Vindman's expected promotion to full colonel.
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  • Duckworth threatens to block military nominees unless impeachment witness Vindman gets promotion

    Duckworth threatens to block military nominees unless impeachment witness Vindman gets promotion

    1 month ago - By Politico

    Sen. Tammy Duckworth on Thursday announced she'll hold up the confirmation of more than 1,000 military promotions until Defense Secretary Mark Esper confirms that the promotion of impeachment witness Army Lt. Col. Alexander Vindman will move forward.
    Duckworth, a retired Army officer who lost both legs because of wounds sustained in the Iraq War, said she intends to block 1,123 promotions until Esper "confirms in writing that he did not, or will not, block the expected and deserved promotion" of Vindman to colonel.
    The move by the Illinois Democrat raises the stakes amid reports that the...
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