Trump WARPATH: US President to sack official who testified against him in impeachment

Lt. Col. Alexander Vindman, a National Security Council (NSC) aide who testified against the Republican during the impeachment hearings over the past four months is in the firing line 24 hours after the President was acquitted. Sources told US publication The Hill he is likely to be pushed out of his role as early as today. President Trump said this morning: “I don’t like people who use their faith as justification for doing what they know is wrong.

“Nor do I like people who say ‘I pray for you’ when they know that that’s not so.”

He is reported to have also made scathing attacks on Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Mitt Romney, the only Senator to have voted to convict President Trump on abuse of power.

As for Ms Pelosi, she was seen tearing up President Trump’s speech for his address to the nation after he refused to shake her hand.

He referred to Ms Pelosi as a “horrible person” and said Mr Romney had “no sign of principles”.

It comes as the Senate voted 52-48 to acquit Donald Trump of abuse of power stemming from his request that Ukraine investigate political rival Joe Biden, who is also a contender for the Democratic nomination to face the President in the election on November 3.

The Senate then voted 53-47 to acquit him of obstruction of Congress by blocking witnesses and documents sought by the House of Representatives.

A conviction on either count would have elevated Vice President Mike Pence, another Republican, into the presidency.

The Senate’s vote on the second article of impeachment brought the proceedings to an end.

The votes fell a long way short of the two-thirds majority required in the 100-seat Senate to remove Mr Trump as President under the US Constitution.

On each of the charges, the senators voted one-by-one on the Senate floor, with US Chief Justice John Roberts presiding.

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Following Mr Trump’s acquittal on both charges, the US President’s campaign manager Brad Parscale said in a statement: “President Trump has been totally vindicated and it’s now time to get back to the business of the American people.”

A number of senators have expressed unease with the US President’s pressure campaign on Ukraine that resulted in the two articles of impeachment.

But the acquittal of Mr Trump brought an end to only the third presidential impeachment trial in US history.

The outcome concluded nearly five months of impeachment proceedings launched in Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s House of Representatives, ending in Mitch McConnell’s Senate.

Mr Trump breathed a huge sigh of relief as a President has never been removed by the Senate.

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