President Trump Fires Inspector General

Tuesday, May 19th 2020, 9:49 am
By: Rachel Roberts

Lawmakers on Capitol Hill want answers after President Trump said he fired the State Department's watchdog at the request of Secretary of State Mike Pompeo.

The Inspector General at the State Department, Steve Linick, was fired by President Trump last week.

The news came as he was completing an investigation into possible misconduct in a $7 billion Saudi Arabia sale.

In an interview with the Washington Post, Secretary Pompeo said that Linick's work was undermining the State Department.

He also said he didn't know Linick may have been investigating Pompeo himself, for directing a political appointee to run personal errands.

“Mr Linick I can is now the fifth Inspector General to be fired by President Trump from his or her post in the last few months,” said House Minority Leader Chuck Schumer.

In a span of six weeks, the President has removed or replaced the top watchdog of five agencies including-- Health and Human Services and the Intelligence Community.