'Friday Night Massacre': Experts say Trump firing of 3 officials is 'criminal' offense

'Friday Night Massacre': Experts say Trump firing of 3 officials is 'criminal' offense
Vindman, CNN Screengrab

President Donald Trump late Friday afternoon and evening ended the week by firing three administration and White House officials, he blames for his impeachment in a campaign of retribution that some experts are calling illegal.

Trump not only had Lt. Col. Alexander Vindman transferred out of the White House, he had him fired from his National Security Post and escorted out of the building. Vindman's twin brother, who also works on the NSC, was summarily fired and escorted out as well, as The New York Times reports.

If that weren't enough Trump then turned around and had his Ambassador to the European Union, Gordon Sondland, fired as well.

Both Vindman and Sondland had testified before Congress, proving the whistleblower's claims that the president engaged in disturbing behavior by extorting Ukraine. The General Accounting Office substantiated that claim, stating that Trump's withholding of hundreds of millions of dollars in military aid was illegal.

The hashtag #FridayNightMasacre is trending on Twitter right now.

CNN Legal Analyst and former federal and state prosecutor Elie Honig says Trump's actions today are "criminal."

Calling it a "Friday Night Massacre," professor of international relations and visiting professor at Johns Hopkins University, journalist, and CEO of The Rothkopf Group, David Rothkopf also says Trump's actions today are criminal.

MSNBC Political Analyst and Senior Director of Progressive Programming for SiriusXM Radio, Zerlina Maxwell suggested the same label:

So did resistance organization Indivisible's Co-Founder and Co-Executive Director Ezra Levin:

As did CNN's Keith Boykin:

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