Former White House chief of staff John Kelly said Wednesday that Lt. Col. Alexander Vindman, a key witness in President Donald Trump’s impeachment inquiry, was right to raise concerns about Trump’s July call to Ukraine’s president, The Atlantic reported.
Kelly also said that he believes Vindman told the truth under oath at the impeachment hearings.
“Having seen something ‘questionable (in the call),’ Vindman properly notified his superiors,” Kelly said at an event at Drew University, according to the magazine. “When subpoenaed by Congress in the House impeachment hearings, Vindman complied and told the truth.””He did exactly what we teach them to do from cradle to grave,” he said, according to the magazine. “He went and told his boss what he just heard.”
Mr. Kelly made his remarks at an event at Drew University on Wednesday.
While Trump has suggested Vindman should be investigated, a U.S. defense official told CNN that there was no Army investigation of the purple heart recipient.
Kelly had other criticisms of Trump, taking issue with Trump’s characterization of Mexicans as rapists and criminals, and his handling of North Korea, saying attempts to denuclearize them were disingenuous and that Trump “never did think (Kim Jong Un) would do anything other than play us for a while.”
Last month, Kelly admitted he believed John Bolton’s allegation that Trump was withholding military aid to investigation the Bidens for political gain, adding that he thought Bolton should be heard from.
This story is at CNN.