Statement from the Floyd Abrams Institute for Freedom of Expression at Yale Law School on the retaliation against Lt. Col. Alexander Vindman

Floyd Abrams Institute for Freedom of Expression

Last Friday, Lt. Col. Alexander Vindman was relieved of his duties at the National Security Council for nothing more or less than telling the truth in sworn testimony, provided under subpoena, to the House Intelligence Committee. The Trump Administration has made no effort to portray this decision, or a similar one with respect to his brother, Lt. Col. Yevge Vindman, as anything other than retaliation for Col. Vindman’s testimony.

This retaliation sends a chill through the ranks of government employees and seems plainly intended to do so. It is an affront to the First Amendment.