Ron Johnson — chair of the Homeland Security committee — could not be more cool with Trump firing Steve Linick at the behest of Mike Pompeo because he was investigating Pompeo:
The chairman of a key Senate oversight panel on Sunday backed President Donald Trump’s late-Friday firing of the State Department’s inspector general — the fourth federal watchdog to get the ax in recent months.
Trump on Friday removed State Department Inspector General Steve Linick and replaced him with an ally of Vice President Mike Pence. In a letter to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, the president indicated he “no longer” had the “fullest confidence” in Linick and promised to send the Senate a nominee “who has my confidence and who meets the appropriate qualifications.”
While the move infuriated many Democrats, at least one Republican senator appeared indifferent.
“I’m not crying big crocodile tears over this termination. Let’s put it that way,” Sen. Ron Johnson (R-Wis.), who chairs the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, said Sunday on CNN’s “State of the Union.”
“In the end, they serve at the pleasure of the president,” Johnson said of inspectors general, adding that Trump has “the authority to hire and terminate.”
“I don’t think anything that this administration could say is going to satisfy some people. There will still be people huffing and puffing and stomping their feet,” he added. “But, again, it is the president’s decision whether or not to hire or terminate an inspector general.”
As James Madison once said, ambition must never counteract ambition when the president is a Republican. Something like that.