The governmental watchdog group Residents for Accountability and Ethics in Washington (CREW) requested on Friday for investigations into actions taken by President Donald Trump’s administration concerning america Postal Service (USPS) and america Secret Service (USSS).
CREW made the request in a letter to Republican Wisconsin Senator Ron Johnson, Chairman of the Senate Committee on Homeland Safety and Governmental Affairs. Within the letter, CREW requested Johnson to convene “oversight hearings on the Trump administration’s reckless and anti-democratic conduct.”
“The Trump administration continues to escalate its undemocratic actions, and Senator Johnson should be keen to do his half to make sure the Senate performs its constitutional function in our system of checks and balances,” mentioned CREW Government Director Noah Bookbinder in a Friday press launch. “With out transparency and oversight into the political manipulation and reckless habits on the highest ranges of our authorities, our democratic establishments will proceed to slide away.”
CREW’s letter particularly mentions Trump’s resolution to quickly depart Walter Reed Nationwide Army Medical Heart on Sunday whereas being handled for COVID-19. Trump, nonetheless allegedly symptomatic on the time, was seen within the backseat of an SUV which was pushed by Secret Service brokers. Though Trump wore a face masks in the course of the quick experience, some observers believed Trump positioned the brokers in danger for contracting the coronavirus.
“Nobody disputes that defending the security of the President and his household is important to preserving our democracy and nationwide safety,” learn the Friday letter, “however congressional oversight is required to make sure that the Secret Service has adequate help and steerage in place when the President ignores the security dangers he poses to brokers and their households for his political stunts.”
Newsweek reached out to Senator Johnson’s workplace for remark.
Throughout a Friday interview on Tucker Carlson Tonight, Trump mentioned the Secret Service brokers who have been within the SUV throughout his experience round Walter Reed weren’t at risk of contracting the virus.
“The folks in [the vehicle] have been protected,” Trump mentioned. “They have been very closely protected. As a result of on the time, I suppose I might have been constructive. However they have been very, very protected.”
CREW additionally mentioned that U.S. Postmaster Louis DeJoy’s alleged connections to XPO Logistics, a contractor with the USPS, ought to be investigated. DeJoy, a former worker of XPO Logistics, holds at the very least $30 million within the firm’s stocks, in response to September reporting by The New York Instances. Since 2103, XPO Logistics has reportedly obtained $286 million from the USPS.
DeJoy testified in August earlier than the Home Oversight Committee that his investments with XPO Logistics had been vetted by the USPS ethics division. “It is a very, very small a part of the Postal Service enterprise I’ve nothing to do with,” DeJoy mentioned.