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HarperCollins Publishers announced on Monday that it will be publishing a memoir by Lt. Col. Alexander Vindman, the former White House Ukraine expert whose testimony last year helped form the basis of President Trump's impeachment, AP reports.

The big picture: Vindman was removed by Trump from the National Security Council in February after the president's Senate impeachment trial, where he was acquitted on charges of abuse of power and obstruction of Congress. The removal of Vindman and other career officials who testified against Trump was widely seen as retaliation.

  • Vindman was one of the first witnesses to testify publicly who listened in on Trump’s July phone call with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky. According to the Washington Post, Vindman "was very concerned" about the way Trump asked the Ukrainian president to investigate Joe Biden and his son, Hunter.
  • After his firing, Vindman accused Trump of running a “campaign of bullying, intimidation, and retaliation." He said in August that he believes his decision to come forward ended his career.

What they're saying: Vindman said in a statement that he hoped his book could inspire readers, per AP. "My family and I have had an extraordinary outpouring of support from people around the globe. My hope is to offer my story as an affirmation that the American dream is alive and worth continuing to fight for," he said.

What to watch: The memoir — titled, "Here, Right Matters: An American Story" — is set to be published next spring.

Go deeper: Alexander Vindman calls Trump a "useful idiot" for Putin

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Jan 26, 2021 - Politics & Policy

House delivers article of impeachment against Trump to Senate

House Impeachment managers accompany the formal article of impeachment as they walk through the Rotunda to deliver them to the U.S. Senate. Photo: Saul Loeb/AFP via Getty Images

House managers on Monday delivered the article of impeachment against former President Trump for "incitement of insurrection" to the Senate.

Why it matters: The expected move formally triggers preparations for the trial. Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer announced last week that the trial will begin the week of Feb. 8.

2 hours ago - Health

NYC to impose vaccine mandate on private employers

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio (D) on Monday announced a new COVID vaccine mandate for all private companies.

Why it matters: De Blasio, speaking on MSNBC's "Morning Joe," said the "first-in-the-nation measure" will go into effect starting Dec. 27. It will apply to approximately 184,000 businesses.

D.C.-Beijing tensions are shifting markets

Illustration: Aïda Amer/Axios

U.S. markets stand to lose $2 trillion in value if D.C. and Beijing drift further apart.

Why it matters: Political chasms are showing up in new securities regulations that put companies and investors in a bind. The rules are also another reflection of how much relations between the world’s largest economies have cooled, even as they remain economically interdependent. 

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