Ross Faces Calls To Resign Over Threat Against NOAA

Reuters reports:

The news that a cabinet member in the Trump administration had threatened to fire politically-appointed staff at the agency in order to force the NOAA to contradict the advice of its own scientists prompted immediate condemnation.

The head of the environmental group the Sierra Club, Michael Brune, called on Ross to resign to “maintain the dignity of the federal government.” Brune called the intervention a “shameless abuse of power” that could have “devastating results now and in the future.”

Democratic congress members Don Beyer from Virginia and Paul Tonko from New York also called on Ross to step down. And late on Monday, the New York Times amended its story to report that the commerce department’s own Office of Inspector General has launched an inquiry into that official statement and whether it breached departmental rules