Senate Minority leader Chuck Schumer is calling for an IG probe on Trump’s decision to fire Lt. Colonel Vindman.
Newsmax reports Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer wants answers after the Trump administration released several people from duty within the executive branch who were connected to the Democrats’ impeachment effort.
On the heels of the move to reassign National Security Council members Lt. Col. Alexander Vindman and his twin brother Lt. Col. Yevgeny Vindman, along with the decision to recall U.S. Ambassador to the European Union Gordon Sondland, Schumer is sending letters to 74 inspectors general at government agencies.
The New York Democrat would like the IGs to probe any retaliatory moves taken against government workers who report allegations of presidential misconduct, according to Politico.
For example, Schumer wrote to Glenn Fine, the acting inspector general at the Department of Defense, that the dismissal of the Vindman brothers from the NSC is “part of a dangerous, growing pattern of retaliation against those who report wrongdoing only to find themselves targeted by the president and subject to his wrath and vindictiveness.”
Alexander Vindman reported concerns last summer about Trump’s phone call with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy and testified in the House impeachment inquiry, which led to Trump’s impeachment.
Schumer also wants to know whether federal workers know their whistleblower rights.
After the Vindmans were fired from the NSC, Trump attacked Alexander Vindman by calling him “very insubordinate” and said he was “given a horrendous report by his superior, the man he reported to, who publicly stated that Vindman had problems with judgment, adhering to the chain of command and leaking information. In other words, ‘OUT’.”
As TCO reported, speaking after the U.S. Senate voted to acquit President Donald Trump of two articles of impeachment, Senator Chuck Schumer told reporters that he was proud of his Democratic colleagues even though they failed to remove Trump.
Asked if he would put impeachment to bed, Schumer made it clear he won’t.
In fact, Schumer brought up the possibility of impeaching Trump again.
“The standard should be, did the president commit high crimes and misdemeanors? I think it’s conclusive that the president did,” Schumer argued.
“And if the president does it in three months, they should impeach him again. And if the next president does it, they should impeach him or her.”
Sshortly after President Trump ousted Lt. Col Vindman, Radley Balko an Opinion journalist for the Washington Post argued President Trump may have committed an impeachable offense if he punished Vindman for his testimony.
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