During the current administration, numerous government employees and agencies have been fired, reassigned, or disbanded for simply doing their jobs. Thousands more have resigned.
"The easiest way to get fired at Camp Runamuck is to do your job the way it's supposed to be done, regardless of how vividly it illustrates the clown college that is this administration." Charles P. Pierce
"Our citizens are being subjected to the same kinds of attacks tyrants launch against their critics and political opponents. Those who choose loyalty to American values and allegiance to the Constitution over devotion to a mendacious president and his enablers are punished." Lt. Col. Alexander Vindman
Check out the Brookings Institute Trump Administration Turnover Tracker of senior level advisers here.
Some notable exits from government service include -
17 November 2020
Christopher Krebs - Director of the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency
Refuted the president’s unsubstantiated claims of electoral fraud and vouched for the integrity of the vote. Hours before being dismissed, Krebs tweeted out a report citing 59 election security experts saying there is no credible evidence of computer fraud in the 2020 election outcome.
9 November 2020
Mark Esper - Secretary of Defense.
He was among those administration officials in 2019 who urged the President to release aid to Ukraine that Trump blocked as he pressured the country's president for investigations into Biden's son, Hunter Biden, and Ukraine's alleged support for Hillary Clinton in the 2016 election.
He cautioned Trump not to completely pull troops out of northern Syria in October 2019.
He took extra caution to try to keep the US Military out of the realm of Trump's political desires after National Guard troops and US Park Police violently dispersed peaceful protestors in June for a Trump photo-op.
He said in a June press briefing that he did not support using active-duty troops to quell the large-scale protests across the United States triggered by the death of George Floyd at the hands of police.
Richard Pilger - Director of the Elections Crimes branch in the Justice Department's Public Integrity Section
He resigned in protest after AG William Barr told federal prosecutors that they should examine allegations of voting irregularities before states move to certify results in the coming weeks.
He told colleagues that the AG was issuing "an important new policy abrogating the forty-year-old Non-Interference Policy for ballot fraud investigations in the period prior to elections becoming certified and uncontested."
He will remain a prosecutor in the Justice unit that investigates public corruption.
6 November 2020 - Three Agency Heads Fired during Vote Count:
Lisa Gordon-Hagerty - Administrator of the National Nuclear Security Administration resigned Friday. She was the first woman to oversee the agency in charge of the nuclear stockpile. She left the agency following nearly a year of tensions between her office and Secretary of Energy Dan Brouillette. Her resignation was described as a signal of her stark disagreement with the energy secretary over his recent attempts to reduce the agency's budget.
Bonnie Glick - Deputy administrator of the U.S. Agency for International Development. Glick received a note from the White House on Friday afternoon telling her that she needed to resign by 5 p.m. or she would be terminated without cause. Click was a Republican appointee who was confirmed by the Senate to the deputy administrator role in January 2019. She was removed so that John Barsa could take her job.
Neil Chatterjee - Chairman of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission. He will stay as an agency commissioner. He has stated that “perhaps” the Trump administration was retaliating against him. President Trump is a skeptic of climate change and has looked to the FERC to help implement a pro-fossil fuel agenda. Instead, Chatterjee has been promoting a conservative, market-based approach to carbon mitigation and sending signals the commission is open to considering a carbon price.
April 2020 - Elizabeth Neumann - left her position as assistant secretary of counterterrorism and threat prevention after three years at DHS. She had served at DHS during this administration from 2016 to 2020 in several capacities. Starting in 2003, she served on the Homeland Security Council in the George. W. Bush administration.
A life-long Republican, Neumann left because the current administration is jeopardizing the lives and safety of the American people. After the terrorist attack in El Paso, Neumann realized that the president's rhetoric was a recruitment tool for violent extremist groups.
"Your government is supposed to perform some basic functions; keeping you and your family safe is primary among them. In 2016, I voted for Trump. But when someone asked me if I could vote for him again, after he time and again refused to keep Americans safe — how could I say anything but no? How could anyone?"
August 2020 - Olivia Troye - Homeland security and counterterrorism advisor to Vice President Pence; aide to the White House Coronavirus Task Force. Resigned after Pence ordered the CDC to use its emergency powers to seal the U.S. borders with Canada and Mexico, overruling the agency's scientists who said there was no evidence the action would slow the coronavirus. The action has so far caused nearly 150,000 children and adults to be expelled from the country. She resigned because she determined that the administration had placed politics above public health.
August 2020 - Brian Murphy, Principal Deputy Undersecretary in the Office of Intelligence and Analysis, DHS. Former FBI agent , Marine Veteran. Demoted when he refused to alter intelligence reports to
Suppress facts the President might find objectionable, including information about Russian interference in the election and the rising threat posed by white supremacists.
Modify a section of a report to say that the threat posed by white supremacists is less severe than that of “left-wing” groups.
He refused to alter the reports because doing so would "constitute an abuse of authority and improper administration of an intelligence program." He was then taken off the project. He has filed a whistleblower complaint regarding the actions of his superiors, including Ken Cuccinelli, the acting deputy DHS secretary.
5 August 2020 - Stephen Akard resigned after 3 months as the State Department's acting internal watchdog. He was appointed in May upon the ouster of Steve Linick. (see below).
18 June 2020 - Geoffrey Berman, U.S. Attorney, SDNY - Took office in 2018; Oversaw the prosecution of a number of Trump's associates. Trump lackey Barr falsely proclaimed Berman “resigned" before eventually firing him.
27 May 2020 - Glenn Fine, Resigned after being removed in April as the Defense Department's Principal Inspector General, Chair of the Pandemic Response Accountability Committee – watchdog overseeing the trillions being spent by Washington to mitigate the economic damage caused by the pandemic.
15 May 2020 - Steve Linick, State Department's Inspector General - Independent executive branch watch dog who found fault with
the Trump administration. Linick was pursuing at least two investigations directly affecting Secretary of State Pompeo at the time of his firing.
1 May 2020 - Christi A. Grimm, the principal deputy inspector general of DHHS - Published an article (1 May 2020) -The United States was too slow in its coronavirus response and banning travel from Europe
April 2020 - Dr. Rick Bright, director of BARDA (Biomedical Advanced Research and Development Authority) - Raised concerns about US preparedness for coronavirus in January 2020.
Federal Agencies that have been left powerless or severely impacted Include:
National Security Council global health security team (focus: pandemics)
National Security Council
Federal Merit Systems Protection Board
Federal Elections Commission
For more on Trump's cleaning house , click here - Current List of Purged Agencies & Employees
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