‘Friday night massacre’: Experts say Trump firing of 3 officials including Sondland and Vindman is a ‘criminal’ offense (Raw Story link): President Donald Trump late Friday afternoon and evening ended the week by firing three administration and White House officials, he blames for his impeachment in a campaign of retribution that some experts are calling illegal.
If that weren’t enough Trump then turned around and had his Ambassador to the European Union, Gordon Sondland, fired as well.
Both Vindman and Sondland had testified before Congress, proving the whistleblower’s claims that the president engaged in disturbing behavior by extorting Ukraine. The General Accounting Office substantiated that claim, stating that Trump’s withholding of hundreds of millions of dollars in military aid was illegal.
The hashtag #FridayNightMasacre is trending on Twitter right now.
"I'm sounding this bell now. It is disgraceful and criminal to demote and fire witnesses - as we are seeing with Vindman, his brother, Sondland. But this could get even worse - including bogus criminal charges against perceived Trump enemies in FBI and elsewhere. Watch for this."
Calling it a “Friday Night Massacre,” professor of international relations and visiting professor at Johns Hopkins University, journalist, and CEO of The Rothkopf Group, David Rothkopf also says Trump’s actions today are criminal.
Mod: More at the link. Remember when Alexander Vindman opened his impeachment hearing testimony by saying he's glad his father left Russia, where he would face severe retribution for testifying? Welcome to Moscow on the Potomac.