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

Duckworth said her blockade on senior nominees would exempt Army Gen. Gustave Perna, nominated to lead the effort to develop a coronavirus vaccine.

7/2/2020 10:30:00 PM

Sen. Tammy Duckworth today 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 said her blockade on senior nominees would exempt Army Gen. Gustave Perna, nominated to lead the effort to develop a coronavirus vaccine.

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.

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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.

Advertisementamid reportsthat the White House could nix Vindman's promotion from a list of officers set to move up the ranks."Our military is supposed to be the ultimate meritocracy," Duckworth said. "It is simply unprecedented and wrong for any Commander in Chief to meddle in routine military matters at all, whether or not he has a personal vendetta against a Soldier who did his patriotic duty and told the truth — a Soldier who has been recommended for promotion by his superiors because of his performance. I won’t just sit by and let it happen, and neither should any of my colleagues.

"This goes far beyond any single military officer, it is about protecting a merit-based system from political corruption and unlawful retaliation," she added.A spokesperson for Esper did not immediately respond to a request for comment.Duckworth said her blockade on senior nominees would exempt Army Gen. Gustave Perna, who Trump nominated to help lead the administration's effort to develop and produce a coronavirus vaccine.

Vindman, who served on the National Security Council staff, listened to President Donald Trump's call with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky last July and later testified in the open before the House impeachment inquiry.Trump has publicly attacked Vindman, and the officer was ousted from his job at the NSC after the Senate acquitted Trump of charges that he abused his power by withholding security assistance to Ukraine for his political gain.

In the wake of his acquittal, Trump and his allies have also ousted other members of the administration viewed as disloyal.The White House pulled the nomination of Elaine McCusker to be Pentagon comptroller this year. McCusker did not testify in the House probe, but was revealed in emails to have questioned the legality of the White House budget office's freeze on Ukraine funding.

She has since resignedas the acting Pentagon budget chief.In addition, Gordon Sondland, who testified in the impeachment probe, was recalled from his post as ambassador to the European Union. Read more: POLITICO »

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Good for her! That's how you do it! Kudos Sen. Duckworth! Fire Vindman ass instead realDonaldTrump ... Then problem for nominations is cleared. Iwontbackdwn Quid pro quo Duckworth Extortion much? Ridiculous. that guy doesn't deserve a promotion. Um that's Extortion Sounds like quid pro quo Vindman violated the UCMJ, he should not be promoted. He should be prosecuted!

Sen. Tammy Duckworth 👊👍 Moron And if Vindman was a real soldier he call her and tell her not to to do this as it punishes 1000 people just all for only Vindman. So, that was his price How about, no. Then court marshal viny out of the military. You can’t promote an empty chair. SandyJLMurdock Make him sign the paperwork and put it through otherwise he'll lie about it.

Maby The president needs to remove Tammy Duckworth. also. she. serves at the presidents vindman is a liar and a trader to our country.he lied to congress too.should. be. in. jail like they want to do toGen.flynn SenDuckworth I just love you. You have the courage to stand up and take action against this WH. I have so much respect for you. I saw you on MaddowBlog Rachel’s show tonight. You go girl!

Vindman should get a promotion to Leavenworth to serve out a term for leaking classified information to Adam Shitforbrains. Damn tou people I swear must wake up in the morning hard as a rock to get Trump on anything and hes been teflon Don the whole time....MAGA 2020 BITCHES..... Is Lt Col Vindman headed to the Army War College, Carlisle, PA?

Delusional much? SenDuckworth Oh what class you are showing for a senator. You should be ashamed. All democrats are alike. They think they are always right. these leftist a holes are insane.......she should be banished by her own party Can we see a list of the officers being blocked. she is potentially costing people between $1,000-$3,000 and possibly millions in retirement benefits.

So quid pro quo? As a veteran. I'm disgusted by her behavior. She supports a malcontent who, was leaking information for his own edification. She's doing this for her own political needs. She's just as bad as Vindman. If not worse. Uh, that is NOT her decision or call to make. She is former military, she knows better.

Sounds like she wants something in exchange for something else. What did those liberal democrats call that? Oh yeah, Quid Pro Quo. That’s assuming he has done anything to deserve being promoted. SenDuckworth will hold up other promotions to make sure that a lite colonel (can't pass the weight test), who likely can't pass a PT test, that lied under oath, and displaced his entire chain of command to make this clown a colonel? Only in the mind of a member of the DNC !

Not how this works Reward Vindman the Butterball for being more loyal to a foreign country than the United States? I’m a 1st gen American & I wouldn’t hold my country hostage to launder foreign aid for my parents’ home countries. jmsexton_ Senator Badass jmsexton_ Thank you SenDuckworth Whether SenDuckworth has a personal vendetta against POTUS or not, it's hypocritical for her to say the Commander in Chief shouldn't meddle in military matters (?!?) & then withhold confirmation on 1,000+ promotions.

So screw all the faithful armed service promotions to protect ONE who violated laws and ethics. Shows how they are willing to screw the good to protect their buddies. So Vindman got girls for the people at Politico too? Boy that trafficker sure gets around Extortion. The Democrats most used tool in their toolbox. BLM/Mob/Rev. Al/Rev. Jesse. That's all they have.

Excellent Hardball is the only ball they bother to notice. Quid pro quo if there ever was one. Politicians do it every day. Ask governorrod about it. Thank you, Senator. blackmail Democrats hate Americans. laurajollyfl My F’n HERO There is a patriot in the senate Good! Is that an example of quid pro quo? What’s her power to do that? Or is it just bluffing

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