Connecting the dots?
The media has been highlighting the fact that a President Trump continues to fire or bury ANY government official that isn’t ‘loyal’ to his point of view or agenda….
He has also moved to ignore any effort by Congress to block any of his actions also….
While Senate Republicans seem to up in arms over this situation?
For the past 3 1/2 years they back down mostly from holding Trump accountable much of anything…
One doubts anything will end up different this time either….
Donald Trump HAS demonstrated the immense power of an American President that does NOT accept the historical political and governmental norms of the way things operate in Washington….
Senate Republicans are demanding a fuller explanation from President Trump about his firing of State Department Inspector General Steve Linick, the fourth inspector general to be removed or targeted for removal by the president in the past three months.
Republicans on Monday expressed concerns about the need to protect inspectors general, especially after Congress passed nearly $3 trillion of coronavirus legislation in recent months.
“I’m concerned that our inspectors general be allowed to do the job that they have been hired to do, whether it’s Mr. Linick or others,” said Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska), a member of the Senate Appropriations Committee.
Trump is required as president to give an explanation to Congress as well as a 30-day advanced notice on any decision to remove a department watchdog, a point made by Democrats and Republicans on Monday. Several lawmakers said it’s not enough for Trump to say he has lost confidence in Linick….
Democrats are raising the alarm that Linick’s firing occurred to obstruct at least two separate investigations involving the president and Pompeo.
One investigation Linick oversaw, and that Democrats have said was nearly completed, looked into whether Trump illegally issued an emergency declaration in May 2019 to move ahead on weapons sales to Saudi Arabia without congressional authorization.
“I have learned that there may be another reason for Mr. Linick’s firing. His office was investigating — at my request — Trump’s phony declaration of an emergency so he could send weapons to Saudi Arabia,” House Foreign Affairs Committee Chairman Eliot Engel (D-N.Y.) said in a statement Monday.
“We don’t have the full picture yet, but it’s troubling that Secretary Pompeo wanted Mr. Linick pushed out before this work could be completed,” he said….