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Trump Jr. thanks Schiff for 'unearthing who all needed to be fired'

President TrumpDonald John TrumpMinnesota certifies Biden victory Trump tells allies he plans to pardon Michael Flynn: report Republican John James concedes in Michigan Senate race MORE’s son, Donald Trump Jr., thanked Rep. Adam SchiffAdam Bennett SchiffTrump addresses pandemic but not election during annual turkey pardon Trump relents as GSA informs Biden transition to begin Hillicon Valley: Leadership changes at top cyber agency raise national security concerns | Snapchat launches in-app video platform 'Spotlight' | Uber, Lyft awarded federal transportation contract MORE (D-Calif.) Friday evening for helping identify “who all needed to be fired.”

Schiff, chair of the House Intelligence Committee, was the lead impeachment manager during the Senate impeachment trial. During the House impeachment hearings, his committee questioned fact-witnesses, including former ambassador to the European Union Gordon SondlandGordon SondlandGOP chairman vows to protect whistleblowers following Vindman retirement over 'bullying' Top Democrat slams Trump's new EU envoy: Not 'a political donor's part-time job' Trump names new EU envoy, filling post left vacant by impeachment witness Sondland MORE and member of the National Security Council (NSC) Lt. Col. Alexander VindmanAlexander VindmanEsper: If my replacement is 'a real yes man' then 'God help us' Ukrainian president whose call with Trump sparked impeachment congratulates Biden Alexander Vindman congratulates Biden, Harris on election victory MORE.

Both men were dismissed by President Trump on Friday, two days after he was acquitted on impeachment charges in the Senate. After nearly 34 years working in the State Department, another key witness, former U.S. ambassador to Ukraine Marie YovanovitchMarie YovanovitchWhy it's time for a majority female Cabinet Giuliani associate Correia pleads guilty to making false statements Teenager who filmed George Floyd's death to be honored MORE, retired in January after being recalled from her ambassador role several months prior. 

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“Allow me a moment to thank—and this may be a bit of a surprise—Adam Schiff,” Trump Jr. tweeted. “Were it not for his crack investigation skills, @realDonaldTrump might have had a tougher time unearthing who all needed to be fired. Thanks, Adam! #FullOfSchiff"

During the House hearing, witnesses spoke to the recollection of the events that unfolded leading up to and after the president’s July 25 phone call with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky, in which Trump is accused of using nearly $400 million in military aid to pressure Zelensky to conduct an investigation into former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenMinnesota certifies Biden victory Trump tells allies he plans to pardon Michael Flynn: report Biden says staff has spoken with Fauci: 'He's been very, very helpful' MORE. The witnesses often spoke to the lack of precedent for such an exchange. 

“There is no question in the mind of any American why this man’s job is over, why this country now has one less soldier serving it at the White House,” David Pressman, Vindman’s attorney, said in a statement on Friday following Vindman's dismissal. “LTC Vindman was asked to leave for telling the truth. His honor, his commitment to right, frightened the powerful.”