President Donald Trump is now abusing his power by engaging in a vicious retaliation campaign against the witnesses who came forward to testify against him during House impeachment hearings, drawing forceful condemnation from legal experts. Just two days after being acquitted by Senate Republicans, some of whom expressed hope that he had learned his lesson, Trump conducted a “Friday Night Massacre” reminiscent of the “Saturday Night Massacre that led to former President Richard Nixon’s downfall during the Watergate scandal.

First, Trump fired Lt. Colonel Alexander Vindman, a Purple Heart recipient and war hero who confirmed that Trump’s phone call with Ukraine President Zelensky was a quid pro quo. Vindman has been removed from the National Security Council and will be reassigned to the Pentagon. Trump’s vindictiveness knew no bounds either as he also fired Vindman’s brother, who served as the NSC attorney.

Trump then fired Ambassador to the European Union Gordon Sondland, who also confirmed Trump’s quid pro quo during his own damning testimony.

This rampage is the textbook definition of witness retaliation, which is against the law.

Legal experts responded by condemning his actions.

Trump did not learn any lesson from impeachment except that he can do whatever he wants and Republicans will roll over for him. Trump is not only abusing his power openly now, but this will also inevitably give him the ability to abuse it in secret and no one will come forward to reveal his crimes to the country.

These firings should be investigated by the House and new impeachment articles should be drawn up. This kind of behavior from anyone is intolerable, let alone from the president.


Featured Image: YouTube screenshot