Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer is asking for a major investigation of potential retaliation against whistleblowers in the wake of President Donald Trump’s post-acquittal firing of an impeachment witness.
The Senate minority leader is sending letters Monday to all 74 agency inspectors general asking for the investigations after Trump removed Lt. Col. Alexander Vindman from his position on the National Security Council, along with his twin brother Lt. Col. Yevgeny Vindman, who’s an ethics lawyer at the NSC, reported Politico.
Gordon Sondland, ambassador to the European Union and another key impeachment witness, was also removed from his diplomatic posting Friday, two days after the Republican-led Senate voted to acquit the president in his impeachment trial.
Schumer described the firings as a “dangerous” pattern of retaliation against Trump’s political enemies, and he asked the inspectors general of each agency to investigate any act of retaliation against those who reported presidential misconduct.
“Without the courage of whistleblowers and the role of Inspectors General, the American people may never have known how the President abused his power in the Ukraine scandal,” Schumer wrote. “It is incumbent on you that whistleblowers … are protected for doing what we hope and expect those who serve our country will do when called: tell the truth.”
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Devin Nunes denies Russia is intervening in the 2020 election to support Trump’s reelection
The top Republican on the House Intelligence Committee denied reports that Russia was intervening in the 2020 presidential campaign to support Donald Trump's reelection.
Rep. Devin Nunes (R-CA) was interviewed by Laura Ingraham on Fox News about the breaking news on Russia.
"A senior U.S. intelligence official told lawmakers last week that Russia wants to see President Trump reelected, viewing his administration as more favorable to the Kremlin’s interests, according to people who were briefed on the comments," The Washington Post reported Thursday. "Trump learned about Pierson’s remarks from Rep. Devin Nunes (Calif.), the committee’s ranking Republican and a staunch Trump ally, said one person familiar with the matter."
Trump blasted for celebrating ‘a romanticized whitewash of slavery’ at his Make America Great Again rally
"Gone with the Wind" trended nationwide on Twitter on Thursday after President Donald Trump praised the 1939 film during a campaign rally in Colorado Springs.
Trump's comments on "Gone with the Wind" as he offered his thoughts Academy Awards.
The leader of the free world griped about "Parasite," a movie from South Korea, winning the Oscar for "Best Picture."
Instead, Trump wished Hollywood would go back to a movie about the Civil War that came out over 80 years ago.
Here's some of what people were saying about the commander-in-chief's film criticism: