Lt. Col. Alexander S. Vindman (Ret.) is an Army veteran and former director for European Affairs at the National Security Council under former president Donald Trump. Vindman was on President Trump’s fateful phone call to Ukraine’s President Zelensky at the center of the impeachment inquiry, making him a key witness in the impeachment trial. Vindman joins Washington Post columnist Karen Tumulty to share his story from inside the Trump administration, penned in his new memoir, “Here, Right Matters: An American Story.”

Highlights

Asked by The Post’s Karen Tumulty if he’s planning to run for office, Lt. Col. Vindman said it’s not something he’s currently ready for but wouldn’t dismiss the possibility. “I don’t want to say that but I also don’t want to be disingenuous. I would say that I’m very reluctant right now… people have approached me and suggested that I run for office and I’ve put them off… It’s not something I’m ready for, and you know my wife will, would not support that." (Washington Post Live)
Lt. Col. Vindman says Trump continues to pose a threat to U.S. democracy by propagating “the big lie” and demonizing anyone who doesn’t support him. “He’s an enormous threat… I can make cold, hard calculations about the threat the… former president of the United States Donald Trump poses. He continues to pose a keen threat based on propagating this lie that the election was stolen… He attempted to launch an insurrection, he… demonizes the Democratic party, or anybody that’s not a supporter of his… He’s a vile man that has done more damage to the United States than any other leader in recent U.S. history.” (Washington Post Live)
“Over the preceding months you might recall there were all sorts of stories starting to circulate that involved Ukraine and elements of the president’s inner circle, including Rudolph Giuliani… demanding the Ukrainians conduct an investigation into Hunter Biden and in some way then former vice president Biden… Part of our… presidential delegation to the inauguration was derailed when the president directed vice president Pence to withdraw based on the fact that the Ukrainians weren’t responding swiftly or seriously enough to these demands… All these things led up to two critical engagements: one July 10th which was where Gordon Sondland suggested this quid pro quo investigation in exchange for a meeting, and then July 25th where… it was apparent then that the president was the driving force for this investigation.” (Washington Post Live)

Lt. Col. Alexander S. Vindman (U.S. Army, Ret.)

Lieutenant Colonel Alexander S. Vindman (Retired) was most recently the director for Eastern Europe, the Caucasus, and Russia on the White House’s National Security Council. Prior to retiring from the U.S. Army, he served as a Foreign Area Officer with assignments in Moscow, Russia and for the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff as a Political-Military Affairs Officer. While on the Joint Staff, he co-authored the National Military Strategy Russia Annex and was the principal author for the Global Campaign for Russia. He is currently a doctoral student at the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies and a Visiting Fellow at Perry World House