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Author Topic: Steve Linick: Democrats probe Trump's firing of inspector general  (Read 2 times)


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US Democrats have launched an investigation into President Donald Trump's firing of the state department's internal watchdog.
Inspector General Steve Linick was investigating Secretary of State Mike Pompeo for suspected abuse of office, reports say.
But he was sacked late on Friday after Mr Trump said he no longer commanded his full confidence.
The move prompted angry criticism from senior Democrats in Congress.
They accused Mr Trump of retaliating against public servants who want to hold his administration to account. Mr Linick was the third
official responsible for monitoring government misconduct to be dismissed in recent weeks.
The former prosecutor was appointed by Mr Trump's predecessor, Barack Obama, to oversee spending and detect mismanagement at the state
department. On Saturday, top Democrats on the House and Senate Foreign Relations Committees questioned the timing of Mr Linick's removal

and announced an immediate investigation. "We unalterably oppose the politically-motivated firing of inspectors general and the president'
gutting of these critical positions," Congressman Eliot Engel and Senator Bob Menendez said in a statement.
They said Mr Linick had "opened an investigation into wrongdoing by Secretary Pompeo himself", adding that his firing was "transparently designed
to protect Secretary Pompeo from personal accountability". Mr Engel and Mr Menendez have requested that the White House and State Department
hand over all records related to his dismissal by next Friday. Meanwhile, on Saturday, the White House said the decision to oust Mr Linick
was prompted by Mr Pompeo himself. "Secretary Pompeo recommended the move, and President Trump agreed," an official said.     
What happened on Friday? Mr Trump sent a letter to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi in which he declared his intention to fire Mr Linick.
Under federal law, the Trump administration must give Congress 30 days' notice of its plans to fire an inspector general. It is expected
that Mr Linick will leave his post after this time, with some reports suggesting a political ally of Mr Trump is being lined up to replace him.

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