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Romney calls Trump's IG firings "a threat to accountable democracy"

CNN logo CNN 5/17/2020 By Kelly Mena
Mitt Romney, Donald Trump are posing for a picture © AP & Getty Images

Republican Sen. Mitt Romney on Saturday denounced President Donald Trump's firings of internal government oversight officials, calling it a "threat to accountable democracy."

Romney's comments came in response to Trump's Friday firing of State Department Inspector General Steve Linick -- the latest in a series of dismissals of independent government watchdogs that have come in the wake of the President's acquittal on two articles of impeachment earlier this year.

"The firings of multiple Inspectors General is unprecedented; doing so without good cause chills the independence essential to their purpose. It is a threat to accountable democracy and a fissure in the constitutional balance of power," the Utah Republican tweeted.

Romney is the only Senate Republican who voted to convict Trump of abuse of power earlier this year.

Linick's dismissal drew immediate condemnation from top Democrats who accused the President of engaging in a pattern of retaliation against public servants charged with oversight of his administration.

This story is breaking and will be updated.

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