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Impeachment witness Alexander Vindman is speaking out against what he called “a campaign of bullying, intimidation and retaliation by President Donald Trump and his allies” after he decided to testify before Congress, cutting short a promising career and leading to his retirement from the military last month.

Writing in an op-ed published in Saturday’s Washington Post, the lieutenant colonel opened up about what he described as a painful experience after he chose to come forward about his knowledge of Trump’s phone call with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky in which he pushed for an investigation of Joe Biden. That call ultimately led to a congressional inquiry that ended with Trump being impeached by the House and ultimately acquitted in a Senate trial.

Vindman had announced last month that he was leaving the military, with his attorney releasing a statement saying that it was clear that his future within the institution would be “forever limited” due to pressure from Trump some people those close to the president.

Trump frequently leveled attacks at Vindman personally, calling him out on Twitter and eventually firing him from his post at the White House after the trial concluded. Both Vindman and his twin brother, who worked in another part of the White House, were fired and escorted off the premises by security.

The president came under scrutiny even from some members of his own party for his actions following the trial, in which he not only removed Vindman from the White House but also recalled ambassador Gordon Sondland, who had also testified during the trial.

Vindman had said he was simply fulfilling his duty in responding to a call to testify, but his testimony was seen as particularly damaging to the president as he had firsthand knowledge of the call in question.

In the opinion piece, Vindman said that the actions of some within the Trump administration was reminiscent of the Soviet regime that his family fled for a new life in the United States.

“Our national government during the past few years has been more reminiscent of the authoritarian regime my family fled more than 40 years ago than the country I have devoted my life to serving,” he wrote.

“Our citizens are being subjected to the same kinds of attacks tyrants launch against their critics and political opponents. Those who choose loyalty to American values and allegiance to the Constitution over devotion to a mendacious president and his enablers are punished.”

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Man convicted in Bexar County’s first remote criminal trial

SAN ANTONIO – The first remote criminal trial in Bexar County history ended Friday with a 36-year-old man being found guilty of driving while intoxicated.

This was the third DWI offense for the defendant, Carlos Enriquez.

The jury-less bench trial, to which Enriquez agreed to, was held in 290th District Court with Judge Jennifer Pena presiding.

“At a 0.16 at the time of testing, the defendant (was) to have been above a .08 at the time he was driving,” prosecutor Neal Cordero told the judge during his opening argument.

A person in Texas is considered legally drunk at .08.

Defense attorney James Meyrat insisted that Enriquez wasn’t the driver of a van that was found on the Interstate 10 access road near Culebra Road the night of Nov. 17, 2018.

”This is all about operating,” Meyrat said. “Was the defendant driving the car while intoxicated?”

SAPD Officer Christopher Lopez, who arrested Enriquez, testified that the defendant admitted he was the driver of the van and that he was stopped on the access road because he ran out of gas.

Pena found Enriquez guilty and ordered a pre-sentencing investigation.

She will sentence Enriquez when the investigation is completed. Enriquez faces a punishment range of from 2 to 20 years in prison.

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