A national defense analyst believes an Army colonel could face court-martial for his congressional testimony about President Donald Trump's telephone conversation with the president of Ukraine.
As reported earlier on OneNewsNow, Lt. Col. Alexander Vindman (pictured) recently appeared before Democratic members of Congress to discuss what he knew about President Trump's conversation with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky. Vindman said in his prepared statement that it appeared to him Trump demanded "that a foreign government investigate a U.S. citizen."
Lt. Col. Robert Maginnis (USA-Ret.), a national defense analyst, contends that while Vindman likely wasn't directly ordered to avoid testifying, he was prohibited from communicating information that the Executive Branch determines to be classified and therefore should not be disclosed without prior authorization.
"Just because you're testifying before Congress doesn't mean that you can say whatever you want," he explains, "because a lot of the material that you may be aware of is privileged and it doesn't belong in that forum."
And according to Maginnis, there's also the issue of loyalty.
"I am concerned that those people who know him that I'm aware of have indicated that he has expressed openly partisan views against the president and against the United States, which really raises some concerns that might have prompted him to savor going after President Trump," Maginnis shares. "So, we'll have to wait and see what his exact words were before I think anything formal is going to be done."
Speaking from personal experience, Maginnis suggests that no matter their motivation, young officers who speak out against any administration's narrative risk their careers.
"I expect Vindman had better refresh his resume and start seriously looking for a new line of work," he adds. "[The] fact is this situation reminds me of the deep state that is very much alive in Washington – and yes, it's a reality in the Pentagon, too."
Meanwhile, OneNewsNow columnist Bryan Fischer has made the argument that the president's call with Zelensky was a "completely legal and utterly defensible request for cooperation" under a treaty the U.S. signed with Ukraine back in 1998 when Bill Clinton was in the White House.
That treaty, according to Fischer, "gives the president the duty of investigating corruption in Ukraine to protect America's political and financial interests – corruption of precisely the kind Hunter Biden is accused of." Hunter Biden is the son of former Vice President Joe Biden, who is currently seeking the Democratic nomination for president.