BREAKING: Romney denounces Trump admin IG firings as “threat to accountable democracy”

Moments ago Senator Mitt Romney (R-UT) tweeted:

The firings of multiple Inspectors General is unprecedented; doing so
without good cause chills the independence essential to their purpose. It is a threat to accountable democracy and a fissure in the constitutional balance of power.

Per TheHill, the senator’s comments come as Democrats in the upper chamber announced that they launched a probe Saturday into the president’s removal of the State Department’s inspector general Steve Linick, alleging the dismissal was politically motivated.

Late Friday evening Trump informed Congress he was preparing to fire Linick from his post. It is the latest of several firings of oversight officials Trump has ordered since he was acquitted in the Senate during his impeachment trial in February.

Romney was the sole Republican in the Senate to deviate from his party and vote to convict Trump on one of the two charges of impeachment brought against Trump by House Democrats.

Trump has since targeted Romney, and the president’s son, Donald Trump Jr. has even called for the Utah senator to be ousted from the Republican party.