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Thursday's decision only heightened sharp divisions between Trump and some members of Congress.
Trump has told confidants in recent days that he felt both vindicated and strengthened by his acquittal in the Senate.
The departures of the entire trial team broke open a simmering dispute over the punishment of Roger Stone.
Vindman's status had been uncertain since he testified in a congressional hearing.
One advisor said the Senate impeachment trial strengthened Donald Trump's hand within the party.
The delay in timing showed the weight of a historic vote bearing down on senators
Trump's defenders relied on retired professor Alan Dershowitz, a member of their team, who told senators that every politician conflates his own interest with the public interest.
Several Republicans apparently are ready to join Democrats in considering in-person testimony from former National Security Adviser John Bolton and perhaps others.
Donald Trump's defense team argued against a guilty verdict for a total of almost 12 hours.
The revelation that Bolton authored a book on the topic clouded White House hopes for a swift end to the impeachment trial.