The Trump Administration now faces an investigation stemming from threats made to both of the U.S. Senators from Alaska by Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke, who allegedly told them the state would lose some of its energy rights as punishment for one of them voting against the healthcare reform bill.
Here are the details:
Senator Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska) is one of the brave few who are putting people over politics when it comes to the Republicans’ plan to repeal and replace Obamacare.
And it looks like President Trump is willing to resort to extortion in order to score political points.
While he may have started with a nasty tweet, things quickly escalated well past that big fat ethics line.
Senator @lisamurkowski of the Great State of Alaska really let the Republicans, and our country, down yesterday. Too bad!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 26, 2017
MSNBC reports that the Alaska Dispatch News just published a shocking report that reveals Trump’s Interior Secretary, Ryan Zinke, personally called both of Alaska’s U.S. Senators yesterday. In these phone calls he made it clear that Murkowski’s unwillingness to budge on Trumpcare “had put Alaska’s future with the administration in jeopardy.”
The report goes on:
Alaska Sen. Dan Sullivan said the call from Zinke heralded a “troubling message.”
“I’m not going to go into the details, but I fear that the strong economic growth, pro-energy, pro-mining, pro-jobs and personnel from Alaska who are part of those policies are going to stop,” Sullivan said.
“I tried to push back on behalf of all Alaskans…. We’re facing some difficult times and there’s a lot of enthusiasm for the policies that Secretary Zinke and the president have been talking about with regard to our economy. But the message was pretty clear,” Sullivan said. The Interior secretary also contacted Murkowski, he said.
Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, on Capitol Hill in Washington, July 26, 2017. Murkowski was one of seven Republicans who on Wednesday rejected a measure repealing major parts of the Affordable Care Act without replacement; the 45-55 defeat signaled that a “clean repeal” bill cannot get through Congress. (Tom Brenner/The New York Times)[/caption]
As MSNBC points out, this isn’t an example of Trump’s hated anonymous source leaks – this is coming directly from a sitting Republican United States Senator. “And according to Dan Sullivan’s account, Trump’s Interior secretary was “pretty clear” that the White House is prepared to play a dangerous game of hardball with Alaska’s future.”
It looks like we have a president who is so confident in his powers to pardon – who is so confident that his actions are completely and fully protected – that he is willing to resort to the breaking the law to accomplish his goal.
Just one problem, Mr. Trump – you can’t pardon your family if you’ve been removed from office. Come on folks, share this, get the word out, and RESIST.
— Kyle Griffin (@kylegriffin1) July 26, 2017
Now, Arizona Congressman Raul Grijalva is ready to launch an investigation into the allegations of extortion. According to The Independent:
Mr Grijalva, the senior Democrat on the House of Representatives’ Committee on Natural Resources, said he would nonetheless ask the Government Accountability Office, the Interior Department’s inspector general or both to investigate the allegations against Mr Zinke.
He said: “Threatening to punish your rivals as political blackmail is something we’d see from the Kremlin. Secretary Zinke’s willingness to deliver these threats speaks volumes about his ethical standards and demonstrates that Interior’s policy positions are up for political grabs, rather than based on science or the public interest.”
We say, bring it on…