Disgraced former President Donald Trump is facing yet another investigation related to his behavior in office as the Pentagon is officially putting his decision to move U.S. Space Command from Colorado to Alabama under a microscope.
In apparent retaliation against Colorado for not voting for him in November 2020, Trump ordered U.S. Space Command, which has been based in Colorado Springs, Colorado at Petersen Air Base, to be relocated to Alabama, a red state that overwhelming voted for Trump.
Trump gave the order for the relocation just one week before leaving office and one week after he incited a deadly insurrection at the Capitol.
Colorado lawmakers on both sides of the aisle have since vehemently objected to the move, and now an investigation is happening.
According to the Associated Press:
The decision on Jan. 13, one week before Trump left office, blindsided Colorado officials and raised questions of political retaliation. Trump had hinted at a Colorado Springs rally in 2020 that the command would stay at Peterson Air Force Base in Colorado Springs. But the man with whom Trump held that rally, Republican Sen. Cory Gardner, lost his reelection bid in November, and Colorado, unlike Alabama, voted decisively against Trump.
On Friday, the inspector general’s office announced it was investigating whether the relocation complied with Air Force and Pentagon policy and was based on proper evaluations of competing locations.
This investigation is absolutely necessary, unlike the creation of the U.S. Space Force by Trump, which is laughable since the Air Force has done a fine job dealing with space-related defense for decades.
A potential problem, however, is the inspector general. Sean O’Donnell is the Acting Inspector General for the Department of Defense and Inspector General for the Environmental Protection Agency as well. And he was put in both jobs by Trump as part of his purge of inspectors general to prevent proper oversight of his decisions and decisions made by his Cabinet members.
Can O’Donnell actually be trusted with this investigation? Frankly, nobody associated with Trump should be allowed to remain in office, let alone run an investigation into his actions. In the past, this wouldn’t have been a problem. But Trump literally fired inspectors general and replaced them with people who would do his bidding by failing to hold him and his administration accountable.
The Pentagon should investigate Trump’s decision to move U.S. Space Command to Alabama, but President Joe Biden should remove O’Donnell and replace him with someone who will be objective. He can also put an end to Trump’s stupid Space Force before it becomes more of a national joke than it has already been.
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