Editorial Board
May 22, 2020
True to form, U.S. Sen. Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, kept up his sterling reputation as the defender of whistleblowers by pushing back against President Donald Trump’s recent firing of State Department Inspector General Steve Linick.
Similarly, Grassley raised questions last month when Trump fired Michael Atkinson, inspector general of the intelligence community. Grassley noted he still has yet to receive a response from the president on that concern.
… Grassley deserves credit for his consistency, even when the person he’s calling out happens to be the leader of his own political party.
For decades, Grassley has promoted and defended whistleblowers through legislation and his public statements. President Trump would be wise to listen to Iowa’s elder statesman on this one. After all, as Grassley noted in his letter to the president, those who weed out waste, fraud and abuse are “the ultimate swamp drainers.”