Retired Lt. Col. Alexander Vindman requested and ultimately received protection from the United States military after his failed “whistleblowing” attempt to unseat President Donald J. Trump, a new lawsuit filed against allies of the former President has revealed.
Vindman, who served on the National Security Council and testified against Trump during his first impeachment hearings, filed suit against Donald Trump Jr., Rudy Giuliani and Trump allies Julia Hahn and Daniel Scavino alleging “intimidation and retaliation.”
Buried in the 73-page lawsuit are several measures Vindman and his family availed themselves of following his decision to falsely accuse President Trump of wrongdoing on a phone call with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy.
The suit notes:
“Out of fear for their physical safety, Lt. Col. Vindman and his wife considered moving their family to a military base in late 2019 and early 2020. They ultimately decided not to do so, however, for fear that it would spur further unwanted media attention.
“Lt. Col. Vindman did ultimately request and receive added protection from the military for a period of time. The local police also provided additional patrols around the Vindman home in response to the fear of physical harm to the family.”
Vindman – who secured a major book deal, national speaking events, and even a cameo on Larry David’s Curb Your Enthusiasm in the aftermath of the failed attempt to remove Trump from office early – also claims his wife “feared that physical violence was the natural and foreseeable consequence” of his actions.
“As a result, she and their daughter decided to leave the house less frequently to reduce their risk. The Vindmans also decided not to attend certain family and social events. And Ms. Vindman cut back on her work hours because she feared the attention she and her coworkers would receive while she was at work,” the document alleges.
“Lt. Col. Vindman also suffered harm due to the psychological effects, and associated physical effects, of Defendants’ actions,” the lawsuit adds.