An abnormal stall in an otherwise routine promotion of an Army officer who testified last year in the House hearings on the impeachment of President Trump could result in a highly unusual Senate hold blocking the pending promotions of more than 1,000 other Army officers.
Sen. Tammy Duckworth, D-Ill., announced Thursday she intends to block Senate confirmation of 1,123 senior U.S. Armed Forces officers until she gets confirmation in writing from Defense Secretary Mark Esper that he has not blocked and will not block the promotion of Lt. Col. Alexander Vindman to the rank of full colonel.
Vindman was escorted from the White House on Feb. 7 and dismissed from his job as the Ukraine expert on the National Security Council.
His ouster, which followed by days Trump's acquittal in the Senate after being impeached by the House, was widely seen as retribution for having told a House panel in October that he had been alarmed by a July phone call he listened in on between Trump and Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy. Trump had pressured Zelenskiy in that call to investigate former Vice President Joe Biden, who at the time was a leading Democratic contender to challenge Trump for the presidency.
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