Tammy Duckworth lifts hold on over 1,100 military promotions; Vindman was set to be promoted

Tammy Duckworth lifts hold on over 1,100 military promotions; Vindman was set to be promoted


Sen. Tammy Duckworth, Illinois Democrat, late Tuesday announced that she will lift a hold on more than 1,100 military promotions after she received confirmation from the Pentagon that Lt. Col. Alexander Vindman was set to be promoted.

Two weeks ago, Ms. Duckworth, a former Army combat helicopter pilot and member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, suggested that President Trump may be seeking to retaliate against Lt. Col. Vindman, who testified against the president in his impeachment inquiry, “for complying with a lawfully issued congressional subpoena.”

Mr. Trump suggested earlier this year that the U.S. military should look at disciplinary action against Lt. Col. Vindman, who was removed from the National Security Council in February after the president alleged he and his twin brother falsely reported information about his phone calls with Ukraine’s president last year, conversations that led to the impeachment.

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In a statement Tuesday evening, Ms. Duckworth announced that the Defense Department had confirmed in writing that

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