The early transfer of Lt. Col. Alexander Vindman to the Pentagon this week is an example of ‘overt retaliation,’ Stephen M. Kohn, whistleblower attorney, and partner at Kohn, Kohn & Colapinto, told Time recently.
Under the Military Whistleblower Protection Act, members of the armed forces cannot face retaliation for certain “protected communications,” including Congressional testimony. Transferring Vindman so soon after the President’s impeachment acquittal was “overt retaliation,” says Stephen Kohn, an attorney who chairs the Board of Directors of the National Whistleblower Center. “The transfer is not lawful,” Kohn says.
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