Democrats want to investigate President Trump again.
After years of investigating him for potential collusion with Russia, conspiracy, extortion, bribery, obstructing Congress, withholding aid from Ukraine and for abusing his office, Democrats want to investigate Trump for firing Lt. Col. Alexander Vindman from the National Security Council.
Politico reports the call for the investigation comes from the top Democrat in the U.S. Senate, Minority Leader Chuck Schumer.
“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 said in the letter. “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.”
From the report:
Schumer’s letters to 74 inspectors general, which will be sent Monday, comes after Vindman, a star witness in the House impeachment inquiry into President Donald Trump, was removed from his position at the White House on Friday, along with his twin, Lt. Col. Yevgeny Vindman, an ethics lawyer at the NSC. Both brothers are active-duty Army officers and were reassigned to the Pentagon.
In a letter to Acting Inspector General Glenn Fine at the Defense Department, Schumer described the NSC firings as “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.”
In addition to asking Fine to investigate all acts of retaliation against those who reported presidential misconduct, Schumer also requested that the acting inspector general report the last time that personnel at the Defense Department were informed of their rights as whistleblowers. He also asked that Fine assure Congress in writing that the Pentagon’s general counsel would not allow retaliation against “anyone who has, or in the future makes, protected disclosures of presidential misconduct to Congress or Inspectors General.”
Vindman’s firing came just days after the Senate completely and totally acquitted President Trump of any wrongdoing on charges of abusing his office and obstructing Congress—both charges stemming from a call Trump had with Ukrainian President Zelensky.
According to Vindman’s testimony before House investigators in October, President Trump was guilty of tying foreign aid to the Ukrainian government announcing an investigation into the Biden family, including former Vice President Joe Biden and his son, Hunter.
This call, Vindman argued, undermined U.S. national security and solicited foreign assistance to influence a U.S. presidential election.