State Department Officials Should Back Trump or Resign, Laura Ingraham Says: 'You Are Obligated to Quit'

Fox News host Laura Ingraham has called on State Department employees to quit if they do not agree with President Donald Trump's policies, as the impeachment investigation into the president gathers pace.

Speaking on "The Ingraham Hour" on Wednesday, Ingraham alleged that the State Department is filled with partisan officials who are frustrating Trump's "America first" policy.

Her attacks came soon after Bill Taylor, America's most senior diplomat in Ukraine, submitted 15-pages of explosive written testimony detailing his concerns about the Trump administration's interaction with the Ukrainian government.

But Ingraham suggested that Taylor, and other concerned State Department officials, have no business working for the government if they did not agree with Trump. "If you don't like Trump's 'America first' policy, then quit," she said. "You are obligated to quit."

"Over decades, we have seen the State Department have burrowed in lefty elements," she continued. Ingraham did not explain the allegation, but cited her time working for President Ronald Reagan's administration to support her claim.

Ingraham recalled "hearing senior people talk about...roll their eyes every time the State Department was mentioned. So this is not a new phenomenon, but Trump is especially feeling this."

Ingraham's guests concurred, alleging that the State Department is purposefully undermining Trump to help the Democrats make ground in their impeachment investigation.

The panel was specifically discussing allegations that Trump withheld millions of dollars in military aid from the Ukraine while pressuring the government open an investigation into allegations of corruption against Joe Biden and his son Hunter.

Trump also reportedly wanted Zelenskiy to investigate a conspiracy theory allegeing that Ukrainians tried to influence the 2016 election against him.

Tom Fitton, the president of Judicial Watch—a right-wing activist group which uses legal action to investigate alleged misconduct by government officials—claimed that the "State Department is controlled by the Democratic Party. There are some Republican appointees there but they are either Democrats or lean Democrats in terms of their outlook."

Judicial Watch has brought lawsuits against politicians including President Barack Obama, 2016 presidential candidate Hillary Clinton and President George W. Bush. The New York Times noted that the vast majority of the group's lawsuits have been dismissed, and Judicial Watch has a history of making false and misleading statements.

Fitton continued, "You have them falling over each other to help the House Democrats with their coup attack on President Trump." Right-wing media and Trump allies have falsely characterized the impeachment investigation as a "coup" in an effort to undermine its legitimacy.

Fitton added that partisan officials are "doing their darndest to undermine the president of the United States," and defended Trump's conduct on Ukraine. "Heck, we should make sure that Ukraine is not corrupt and needs to be held accountable before we give them a dime," he argued.

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President Donald Trump is pictured making statement in the Diplomatic Room at the White House, on October 23, 2019 in Washington, D.C. Mark Wilson/Getty Images/Getty