Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer sent a letter and called on all 74 federal inspectors generals to investigate “any and all instances of retaliation” against witnesses who have made “protected disclosures of presidential misconduct.” I don’t know about you but the opposing party leader demanding investigators go after the President sure sounds like a coup to me.
The Daily Caller reports:
The senator and Vindman’s attorney said the decision was done out of revenge, although the White House said Vindman’s job at the National Security Counsel was temporary and he was simply returning to his full-time position.
Schumer wrote in his letter, “These attacks are 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.”
“Because your work and the work of Congress depends on the willingness of insiders to report wrongdoing, you have a critical role in ensuring that any whistleblowers within your agency do not suffer adverse consequences for coming forward and telling the truth.”
“It is incumbent on you that whistleblowers like LTC Vindman – and others who put their lives on the line to protect our freedoms – are protected for doing what we hope and expect those who serve our country will do when called: tell the truth,” Schumer added in the letter.
Textbook case of witness retaliation: Not only is retaliation against LTC Vindman, the anonymous whistleblower, others like them shameful—it’s illegal
I’m calling on federal Inspectors General to investigate retaliation against whistleblowers who disclose presidential misconduct pic.twitter.com/ZtUpznx5iJ
— Chuck Schumer (@SenSchumer) February 10, 2020