Opinion

White House Purge: Post-Impeachment Acquittal

By Nancy Sanchez-Diaz
Staff Writer

President Trump was acquitted and now things are back to normal. Well, at least our kind of normal.

Ever since the Republican-led Senate acquitted Trump, the president has made it his personal mission to exact revenge on his perceived political enemies, particularly those who testified against him during the impeachment trials.

Trump has purged the White House of anyone who dared to testify against him about what they heard,  including Army Lt. Col. Alexander Vindman, a National Security Council official. His twin brother, Yevgeny Vindman, was fired because of the relation.

They were removed from their positions at the White House and even escorted out of the building Friday Jan. 31, months before their assignments were scheduled to conclude.

Ambassador to the European Union Gordon Sondland, who said Trump engaged in a “quid pro quo” on Ukraine to Congress, was also fired the same day.

A quid pro quo is an incentive or something given in hopes of receiving something in return.

This sat at the very forefront of the impeachment conversation as Trump was accused of investigating his political opponents through Ukraine.   

Jennifer Williams, former adviser to Vice President Mike Pence, is also leaving two months ahead of her planned departure, according to Politico.

But that doesn’t seem to be the end of it.

The White House is expected to revoke the nomination of Elaine McCusker as the Pentagon’s comptroller and chief financial officer following her refusal to freeze military aid appropriated by the Congress to Ukraine, according to the New York Post.

While some may argue that the president is allowed to terminate whomever he deems unfit for his administration, there’s no denying that these tactics are straight out of an authoritarian regime.

Not only is it an abuse of power, it is a mockery of those who choose to put their country before the leader.

 

 

 

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President Donald Trump was acquitted Feb. 5 after a 21-day impeachment trial.

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