This morning, The Washington Post highlighted Trump’s continued efforts to downplay and discredit the claims of whistleblowers attempting to bring attention to corruption and incompetence in his administration.
Trump's Dismissal Of Whistleblower Dr. Richard Bright
Secretary Pompeo’s firing of the State Department inspector general and Trump's dismissal of whistleblowers such as Dr. Richard Bright as a “disgruntled employee” are just the latest of the administration’s efforts to shield itself from transparency and accountability for its failures.
As watchdogs and whistleblowers remain crucial voices in holding the administration accountable for failing the American people amid this public health crisis, here are some resources that may come in handy for media and others:
- WhereAreTheTests.com tracks the Trump administration’s ongoing failure to equip the nation with the testing infrastructure it needs to reopen safely;
- TrumpBailouts.org documents the administration’s misuse of taxpayer dollars to bail out big businesses as workers struggle to make ends meet;
- Accountable.US launched its 50 States Open Records Project, filing open records requests in all 50 states as well as Washington, D.C., American Samoa, and Guam to seek information on how the Trump administration’s incompetence hindered the states’ ability to adequately respond to COVID-19.
The key political fight of this era: Trump vs. accountability
By Philip Bump, May 18, 2020
The Constitution’s intent for how the government should operate isn’t mysterious. The three branches of the government are meant to be coequal, with each having the ability to hold the other two in check. As it was being drafted, there was a debate about whether the executive branch should be led by one person or several, the latter proposed out of concern that a singular executive might wind up acting like the sort of king that the colonists were hoping to escape. A single chief executive won out — and, 233 years later, we have our pseudo-king.
Read the full story here by The Washington Post.
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