Cummings Worried About Targeting of State Department Employees

May 22, 2018 1:08 PM , Updated June 1, 2018 7:20 PM
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Congressman Elijah Cummings (D-MD) is worried that the State Department may be targeting employees there as retribution for not following the Trump Administration’s agenda.

He sent a letter recently to House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Trey Gowdy (R-SC) asking the Committee to subpoena for documents that allegedly show these retribution attempts.

Cummings said in his letter that he has documents from a whistleblower which “showed that in making staffing decisions, high-level political appointees of the Trump Administration characterized career State Department employees in derogatory terms, including as ‘a leaker and troublemaker’; ‘Turncoat’; ‘associated with previous policy’; and ‘Obama/Clinton loyalists not at all supportive of President Trump’s foreign policy agenda.”

Cummings’ letter is a follow up to one he sent in March asking for the same documents.

A copy of the letter is included below.

2018-05-18 Cummings Letter Re: State Department Retributions

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