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Eberhardt writes: "The top Democrat on the House Natural Resources Committee is calling for a probe into whether President Trump's Interior secretary threatened to retaliate against an Alaska senator for opposing the GOP healthcare measure this week."

Alaska senator Lisa Murkowski. (photo: Greg Nash/Getty)
Alaska senator Lisa Murkowski. (photo: Greg Nash/Getty)


Top Interior Dem Calls for Investigation Into Trump's "Political Blackmail" of Senator Murkowski

By Robin Eberhardt, The Hill

28 July 17

 

he top Democrat on the House Natural Resources Committee is calling for a probe into whether President Trump’s Interior secretary threatened to retaliate against an Alaska senator for opposing the GOP healthcare measure this week.

Both Alaska Sens. Lisa Murkowski (R) and Dan Sullivan (R) said they received a call from Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke on Wednesday, informing them that the Trump administration will not support key projects in Alaska after Murkowksi voted against the GOP healthcare bill in the Senate a day before.

Rep. Raúl Grijalva (D-Ariz.) said in a statement Thursday that he plans to request a formal investigation into whether the Trump administration threatened the Alaska lawmakers, pointing out that he believes Zinke is serving Trump's "political vendetta" over the public interest.

“Running a department of the federal government means you serve the American people as a protector of their rights and freedoms,” Grijalva said. “It doesn’t mean you serve the president as a bag man for his political vendettas."

He went on to say that using “political blackmail” is an action that one could expect from the Kremlin, not a government agency.

“Secretary Zinke’s willingness to deliver these threats speaks volumes about his ethical standards and demonstrates that Interior’s policy positions are up for political grabs, rather than based on science or the public interest.”

Trump personally went after Murkowski the day after she voted against the GOP healthcare measures, tweeting that she “really let the Republicans, and our country, down yesterday.”


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+18 # treerapper 2017-07-28 09:46
It's good to see a Progressive Democrat stand up and speak out. The level of malevolent garbage hat the WH Administration id producing is going to flood the newly created cesspool and is threatening to swamp the entire country.
 
 
+7 # Harvard72 2017-07-28 11:56
The problem is this:

What Zinke might want to stop to "hurt" the Alaska Senators is to do something actually "good" for the people of the United States. If he was to punish them by NOT allowing a road through wilderness to drill for oil in wilderness, then he would actually be on the side of the environmental groups. What a dilemma for Trump--do evil to help the oil companies, or do good to harm politicians you view as opponents. We are in the same position as the upside down world with Sessions--every thing he is doing as AG is terrible, backwards, harmful (ignoring Civil rights, trying to get mandatory long prison sentences, confiscate property without guilt, trample states rights on marijuana, etc) and the ONLY thing he did correctly was to recuse himself. He definitely should be OUT as AG, but he should not be out because Trump thinks Sessions should have protected him rather than the law. What a truly inside out world Trump has put us in.
 
 
+2 # Wise woman 2017-07-28 13:22
Ditto. Trump is a fascist through and through lashing out at anyone who stands in the way of his own personal gain. The people be damned is his motto. Someone should explain to him what his job description is. I suppose it really wouldn't matter to him.
 

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