A Hit List Of ‘Deep State’ Officials Disloyal To Trump Just Came To Light
Republicans have reportedly been assembling lists of government officials deemed to be disloyal to Donald Trump and have worked to find pro-Trump replacements for them, Axios reported Sunday.
The lists, according to Axios, targets several State Department employees who “should be fired,” including John Sullivan, the current U.S. ambassador to Russia.
The lists and memos, which have become more important since Trump’s acquittal in the Senate’s impeachment trial, have been assembled by allies of the president outside the White House, including Ginni Thomas, wife to U.S. Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas.
At least one nomination for a top post at the Treasury Department, that of Jessie Liu, was withdrawn by the president over claims made by activists in memos reported by Axios, despite her recommendation for the post by Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin.
News of the memos comes as the president has taken a tougher stance against leaks and whistleblowers in his office since the end of his Senate trial, in recent days forcing out officials such as acting Director of National Intelligence Joseph Maguire, as well as former national security council official Lt. Col. Alexander Vindman, who was involved in the impeachment inquiry. Vindman’s brother, who was not involved in the inquiry, was also ousted.
The White House did not immediately return a request for comment.