Alexander Vindman's twin brother wasn't an impeachment witness. He was still fired.

Kathryn Krawczyk

The White House served up a double dose of seemingly vendetta-driven dismissals on Friday.

Lt. Col. Alexander Vindman, the National Security Council's top Ukraine expert, was fired on Friday in what his lawyer says was a decision based on "revenge" for Vindman's impeachment testimony. Vindman's twin brother Lt. Col. Yevgeny Vindman also worked for the NSC and, despite giving no public statements about President Trump or impeachment, was fired along along with him, The New York Times reports.

Alexander Vindman was escorted from the White House on Friday after Trump "decided to exact revenge," Vindman's lawyer wrote in a statement. That same revenge apparently extended to Yevgeny Vindman, who two sources say was escorted out at the same time as his brother, per the Times. Alexander Vindman's lawyer later confirmed Yevgeny Vindman's firing.



Alexander Vindman testified for Congress in Trump's impeachment inquiry, calling Trump's phone call with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky "improper" and saying he reported it to a White House lawyer. Yevgeny Vindman, by all public accounts, didn't do any of that.

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