Senator Mitt Romney (R-UT) issued a scathing reaction over President Trump’s decision to fire State Department Inspector General Steve Linick on Friday.
Linick is the fourth Inspector General to be fired in less than two months, according to Newsweek.
The White House said in a statement that Linick was fired from his position at the recommendation of Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, while President Trump told Congress that he no longer has full confidence in the Inspector General.
Senator Romney, who is often highly critical of Trump, suggested in a statement posted to Twitter that Linnick was fired “without good cause” and is a “threat to accountable democracy.”
“The firings of multiple Inspectors General is unprecedented,” Romney tweeted on Saturday. “Doing so without good cause chills the independence essential to their purpose.”
“It is a threat to accountable democracy and a fissure in the constitutional balance of power,” he added. See Below
Mitt Romney’s Official Tweet
The firings of multiple Inspectors General is unprecedented; doing so
without good cause chills the independence essential to their purpose. It is a threat to accountable democracy and a fissure in the constitutional balance of power.
— Senator Mitt Romney (@SenatorRomney) May 16, 2020
Actor James Woods fired back at Romney with two burning questions after seeing the senator’s tweet.
“Senator, are you equally disturbed by the unmasking of individuals for purely political purposes during a presidential campaign? Do you see the abuse of the FISA Court as a threat to the Republic?” Woods asked Romney.
Senator, are you equally disturbed by the unmasking of individuals for purely political purposes during a presidential campaign? Do you see the abuse of the FISA Court as a threat to the Republic? https://t.co/ZMtFj0ZsOj
— James Woods (@RealJamesWoods) May 17, 2020
While Romney is often quick to pounce on condemning the president’s leadership and is the lone GOP Senator to vote in favor of one of the articles of impeachment against Trump, it’s quite baffling that he has stayed silent over potentially corrupt activities of the Obama Administration that have been exposed over time, most recently the list of officials involved in the unmasking of General Michael Flynn.
Though we don’t expect Romney to respond to Woods’ tweet, it would be interesting to hear his response if a reporter asked the same pair of questions the next time he’s put on the spot.
In ending, here is Mark Levin’s response to Senator Romney’s remarks:
2. It’s obvious. Romney is using the media’s hatred of the president to rebuild his legacy with the DC media. That’s his audience. He’s a shallow and calculating lifelong politician — a narcissist.https://t.co/tCJTeM0OMV
— Mark R. Levin (@marklevinshow) May 17, 2020