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Lawmaker Calls For Investigation Into Trump’s Threat Against Senator Murkowski

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Lawmaker Calls For Investigation Into Trump’s Threat Against Senator Murkowski

The political altercation between President Donald Trump and Alaska Senator Lisa Murkowski is escalating quickly as congress has moved to investigate the President’s threat that may have crossed the line into criminal territory.

The feud began Tuesday when Sen. Murkowski joined Sen. Susan Collins (R-ME) in rejecting the GOP’s health care legislation by voting no on a procedural motion that allowed the Republicans to move to floor for debate Trumpcare when no one has yet seen the bill.

The motion passed anyway, but two days later the President’s anger is still at a boiling point.

Trump started off by publicly threatening Sen. Murkowski on Twitter hoping to pressure her into falling in line on subsequent votes. Sen. Murkowski responded defiantly in an interview that many called courageous.

Frustrated with Murkowski’s response, Trump this morning ordered his Interior Secretary, Ryan Zinke, to call Sen. Murkowski and threaten to withdraw federal support for massive infrastructure projects in her home state if she continued to oppose TrumpCare in the senate.

Now lawmakers are stepping into the fray with Rep. Raul Grijalva (D-Arizona) calling for a formal investigation into Secretary Zinke for his apparent threats to Sen Murkowski on Trump’s behalf.

Rep. Grijalva released a statement saying in part, “Running a department of the federal government means you serve the American people as a protector of their rights and freedoms. It doesn’t mean you serve the president as a bag man for his political vendettas.

“Threatening to punish your rivals as political blackmail is something we’d see from the Kremlin,” his statement continues. “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.”

RELATED: GOP Senator Responds To Trump’s Threatening Message After She Rejected Trumpcare.

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