Statement from the Floyd Abrams Institute for Freedom of Expression at Yale Law School on the retaliation against Lt. Col. Alexander Vindman

Floyd Abrams Institute for Freedom of Expression

Last Friday, Lt. Col. Alexander Vindman was relieved of his duties at the National Security Council for nothing more or less than telling the truth in sworn testimony, provided under subpoena, to the House Intelligence Committee. The Trump Administration has made no effort to portray this decision, or a similar one with respect to his brother, Lt. Col. Yevge Vindman, as anything other than retaliation for Col. Vindman’s testimony.

This retaliation sends a chill through the ranks of government employees and seems plainly intended to do so. It is an affront to the First Amendment.

Source: https://law.yale.edu/yls-today/news/statement-floyd-abrams-institute-freedom-expression

NPR wants answers from Pompeo after State Department removes reporter from trip

CNN

The State Department has yet to explain or defend its highly unusual decision to remove an NPR reporter from an upcoming trip by Secretary of State Mike Pompeo at a time when Pompeo is fuming about the public radio network.

NPR’s diplomatic correspondent Michele Kelemen was supposed to be the radio representative on the plane that will travel with Pompeo to the United Kingdom, Ukraine, Belarus, Kazakhstan, and Uzbekistan in the coming days. He departs for the UK on Wednesday.

On Tuesday afternoon NPR CEO John Lansing said the State Department “has been unresponsive” to its inquiries.

Source: https://www.cnn.com/2020/01/28/media/mike-pompeo-npr-state-department/index.html

Federal workers say they’ve been gagged from speaking out on Trump’s impeachment

HuffPost

For more than a year, a federal ethics agency has instructed federal employees to steer clear of taking a stand at work for or against the impeachment of President Donald Trump, saying that doing so could run afoul of the Hatch Act that bars them from participating in certain political activities.

With Trump now impeached and the subject of a Senate trial, a union representing federal employees says that the controversial legal guidance from the Office of Special Counsel (OSC) tramples on workers’ First Amendment rights.

Source: https://www.huffpost.com/entry/federal-workers-say-theyve-been-gagged-from-speaking-out-on-trumps-impeachment_n_5e2f593dc5b6ce51a4ea57b5

Trump tells evangelical rally he will put prayer in schools

Associated Press:

“Very soon I’ll be taking action to safeguard students and teachers’ First Amendment rights to pray in our schools,” Trump said. “They want to take that right along with many other ones.”

Source: https://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-trump-religion/trump-tells-evangelical-rally-he-will-put-prayer-in-schools-idUSKBN1Z22AN

Former FBI agent Peter Strzok claims government violated his privacy, free speech rights

ABC News

Former FBI agent Peter Strzok is claiming the government violated his First Amendment rights by releasing his private text messages that contained his political opinion about President Donald Trump.

In a new court filing Monday, Strzok and his attorneys argue that the Justice Department violated his protected free speech by releasing the text messages he exchanged with then-FBI lawyer Lisa Page.

Source: https://abcnews.go.com/Politics/fbi-agent-peter-strzok-claims-government-violated-privacy/story?id=68001195