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Schumer: Trump fires watchdogs 'when he hears the truth'

Schumer: Trump fires watchdogs 'when he hears the truth'
© Greg Nash

Senate Minority Leader Charles SchumerChuck SchumerHouse Democrats introduce bill to invest 0 billion in STEM research and education Graham dismisses criticism from Fox Business's Lou Dobbs Lewandowski: Trump 'wants to see every Republican reelected regardless of ... if they break with the president' MORE (D-N.Y.) said Thursday that President TrumpDonald John TrumpHillary Clinton responds to Chrissy Teigen tweet: 'I love you back' Police called after Florida moms refuse to wear face masks at school board meeting about mask policy Supreme Court rejects Trump effort to shorten North Carolina mail-ballot deadline MORE fires government watchdogs “when he hears the truth.”

Schumer said on ABC’s “The View” that the president fires watchdogs “instead of listening to” them.

Trump fired State Department Inspector General Steve Linick last week, the fourth such ouster in recent months.

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“Unfortunately ... it seems to be what the president does when he hears the truth,” he said when asked about Linick’s firing. “Instead of listening to it and adapting to it, he fires people.”

“When the president doesn’t listen to the truth, we all get hurt,” he added. 

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The president also removed intelligence community Inspector General Michael Atkinson and Defense Department Inspector General Glenn Fine last month and nominated a replacement for Principal Deputy Inspector General Christi Grimm this month.

Schumer called for a “full investigation” into the allegations against Secretary of State Mike PompeoMichael (Mike) Richard PompeoPompeo says US to open embassy in the Maldives Microsoft: Iranian hacking group targeting attendees of major international security conferences American money for American ideas: Think tanks should disclose foreign funding MORE that Linick was looking into him before he was fired. 

“I don’t know of their truth but I certainly want an independent watchdog to investigate,” he said during his interview. 

Linick was reportedly investigating whether Pompeo was using a staffer to run personal errands for him and his wife, as well as a controversial arms deal with Saudi Arabia. Trump said earlier this week that he fired Linick at Pompeo’s request, and the secretary of State has denied he knew Linick was investigating him.