Daily Beast: President Donald Trump has moved to fire the watchdog overseeing the State Department.
If you went to bed early 🙋🏼♂️ you missed another dismissal of another independent government watchdog. This time, it's State Department Inspector General Steve Linick…https://t.co/oUirsklEma— Brian Stelter (@brianstelter) May 16, 2020
The elimination of the agency’s inspector general will be effective in 30 days, per a letter from the White House. Steve Linick, the State Department’s inspector general since 2013, is the latest in a long line of independent government overseers Trump has ousted, including Intelligence Community Inspector General Michael Atkinson last month.
State Department official investigating Pompeo is firedhttps://t.co/PmLDH3srOA— WikiLeaks (@wikileaks) May 16, 2020
Rep. Eliot Engel (D-NY), the chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, called the move an “unlawful act of retaliation,” saying he just learned that Linick’s office had recently opened an investigation into Secretary of State Mike Pompeo. Linick was looking into allegations that Pompeo misused a political appointee to perform personal tasks for him and his wife, a Democratic aide told The Daily Beast.
Another WATCHDOG BITES the DUST Cornered RAT Trump & Adolf Hitler = Similar Ideologies & Similar Tactics for Personal Gain, FIRED State Department Inspector General Steve Linick, who was INVESTIGATING Trump CORRUPTION & Sec of State Mike Pompeo @cspanwj #DictatorTrump #NONSENSE pic.twitter.com/PaL3XWLYCZ— MICHAEL DOLLAR (@MICHAELDOLLAR) May 16, 2020
Stephen Akard, head of the State Department’s Office of Foreign Missions and a confidant of Vice President Mike Pence, will replace Linick.