Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) sent a letter to 74 inspectors general demanding “immediate action to investigate” Trump for ‘instances of retaliation’ against so-called whistleblowers.
Schumer cited Trump’s decision to fire Vindman after he testified in the House impeachment hearing in his letter to the inspectors general.
Army Lt. Col Alexander Vindman and his twin were escorted off the White House grounds and dismissed from the National Security Council Friday afternoon.
“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,” Schumer wrote.
“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.”
Schumer also blasted Trump’s “attempts to publicly identify the anonymous whistleblower who used the proper legal channels to initially report the President’s attempts to compromise our national security for his personal benefit.”
Eric Ciaramella, the CIA official who filled out a whistleblower complaint against Trump for his July 25 call to Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky isn’t even a whistleblower.
Ciaramella is a leaker who plotted with fellow NSC-official-turned-Schiff-aide Sean Misko to “take out” President Trump going back to early 2017.
Lt. Col. Alex Vindman was an insubordinate leaker who passed the content of Trump’s call with Zelensky to Ciaramella, who then ran to Schiff’s staffer Sean Misko to launch an impeachment coup against Trump.
Ciaramella should also be fired and brought in to testify under oath about his plot to remove Trump from office.