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

Schumer: Trump fires watchdogs 'when he hears the truth'
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Senate Minority Leader Charles SchumerCharles (Chuck) Ellis SchumerPelosi, Schumer say treatment of protesters outside White House 'dishonors every value that faith teaches us' Is the 'endless frontier' at an end? Judd Gregg: Biden — a path to the presidency, or not MORE (D-N.Y.) said Thursday that President TrumpDonald John TrumpSessions accepts 'Fox News Sunday' invitation to debate, Tuberville declines Priest among those police cleared from St. John's Church patio for Trump visit Trump criticizes CNN on split-screen audio of Rose Garden address, protesters clashing with police 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.


“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. 

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 PompeoPresidents and 'presidents' The Hill's Morning Report - Trump mobilizes military against 'angry mob,' holds controversial photo op The Hill's Campaign Report: Biden addresses protests over George Floyd's death 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.