The wife of Lt. Col. Alexander Vindman, a key witness in Trump's impeachment, spoke out for the first time Friday, accusing the president of putting their family in danger and stoking white nationalism in the United States.
In an interview with CNN, Rachel Vindman said that Trump destroyed her husband's career after he testified about what he heard Trump say during a phonecall with Ukranian leader Volodymyr Zelensky in July 2019.
She also claimed that the US would descend into total authoritarianism if Trump is re-elected.
The interview came hours after she and her husband were featured in a new anti-Trump ad from the conservative Lincoln Project.
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Rachel Vindman said in an interview with CNN on Friday that Trump destroyed her husband Lt. Col. Alexander Vindman's career after he testified about what he heard Trump say during a phonecall with Ukranian leader Volodymyr Zelensky in July 2019
Rachel told CNN's Brianna Keilar that she felt Trump's obsession with talking about her husband, even after he was cleared in his impeachment trial, 'continued to put us in danger'.
'He just continually put Alex's name put there,' she said.
'He seemed to be a little bit obsessed with it and he would continually comment on Vindman and I think, by constantly saying his name, by telegraphing it to his supporters, that he continued to put us in danger.'
She also accused Trump of ending Vindman's 21-year military career by ensuring that he would not be promoted after his testimony, and by ensuring his 'enablers' knew that he didn't want him around.
Vindman, who provided damning impeachment evidence the president, retired from the US Army in July after being subjected to a campaign of 'bullying, intimidation and retaliation', his attorney said at the time.
Lt. Col. Alexander Vindman gave damning evidence that lead to Trump's impeachment
Rachel Vindman claimed that Trump, pictured, will become 'full authoritarian' in re-elected
The 45-year-old was fired from his position on the National Security Council at the White House in February, two days after Trump was acquitted by the Republican-majority Senate.
He was up for promotion to full colonel, but his attorney, David Pressman, said in a statement that would clearly not be forthcoming.
'I think he [Trump] also ended Alex's military career,' his wife said Friday.
'Whether he directly asked that Alex not be promoted, that's probably not the case, but his enablers and the people around him knew that he would never find it acceptable if Alex were permitted to be promoted and have a normal career,' she added.
Rachel and Alex Vindman pictured with their daughter in front of the White House
'With or without the president asking for it, they decided to deliver to him, which is exactly what happens in authoritarian governments.'
Rachel accused Trump further of authoritarianism, but claimed that she believed that was not what the country really wanted.
'We're choosing to be a country that celebrates white nationalists, that we're a country that celebrates division and is ok with it, and I don't believe that's who the United States is,' she said
'I don't think that's what the people want and I