Several other officials who testified as part of the investigation into Trump’s impeachment were previously removed from office.
US President Donald Trump has withdrawn the nomination of Elaine McCusker, who in November he nominated for a senior position at the Pentagon, after reports that she doubted the advisability of suspending military aid to Ukraine.
The aid freeze was a key element of the investigation that led to charges being brought against Trump as part of the impeachment process.
The withdrawal of McCusker’s nomination for Deputy Secretary of defense was announced in a White House statement.
Several other officials who testified during the impeachment investigation were previously removed from office. The leading Democrat on the Senate armed services Committee, Jack Reed, condemned the decision on McCusker.
“The termination of the procedure for her nomination is collateral damage committed by the President, who vindictively purges career national security professionals who participated in the impeachment investigation,” Reed said.
After rump’s acquittal, the White House hastened to fire key officials whose testimony was deemed harmful to his case. Among them was the Ambassador to the EU, Gordon Sondland and a member of the National Security Council Lieutenant Colonel Alexander Vindman.