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Vindman’s resignation a ‘travesty’: Jewish leaders react with praise, concern

Many Jewish leaders expressed disappointment on social media after Lt. Col. Alexander Vindman announced his retirement from the United States Army on Wednesday.

Vindman’s attorney cited a “campaign of bullying, intimidation and retaliation” conducted by allies of President Trump after he testified in Trump’s impeachment hearing.

Daniel Goldman, who served as majority counsel during the impeachment investigation, said Vindman’s retirement was a “travesty,” and shared a video of a portion of the former colonel’s testimony when he promised his father that no harm would come to him for speaking out.

Rep. Adam Schiff, the chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, praised Vindman’s service.

But Rep. Lee Zeldin, a Republican from New York and one of Trump’s most vocal defenders, was critical of Vindman, accusing him of breaking the law:

Vindman, who was born in Ukraine, was removed from his position in the White House as a Ukraine analyst at the National Security Council in February. Following that move, his northern Virginia synagogue issued a statement of support for him.

Aiden Pink is the deputy news editor of the Forward. Contact him at pink@forward.com or follow him on Twitter @aidenpink

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