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Trump fires Steve Linick, State Department inspector general

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Trump fires Steve Linick, State Department inspector general

President Trump on Friday introduced he’s firing the State Department’s inspector general — the most recent of a number of folks tasked with conducting oversight on numerous authorities companies to be pushed out by Mr. Trump in latest weeks.

In a letter to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, Mr. Trump mentioned he not had the “fullest confidence” in Inspector General Steve Linick, who has been within the place since 2013.

Amb. Stephen J. Akard, who was beforehand confirmed by the U.S. Senate as head of the State Department’s Office of Foreign Missions, is ready to take Mr. Linick’s place.

The transfer comes after Mr. Trump in early April introduced the firing of Michael Atkinson, the inspector general for the U.S. intelligence group. Mr. Atkinson had fast-tracked a whistleblower grievance final 12 months that kick-started a course of resulting in Mr. Trump’s impeachment.

Mr. Trump final month additionally eliminated former performing Defense Department Inspector General Glenn Fine from his publish. Mr. Fine had additionally been tapped to guide a committee charged with overseeing trillions of {dollars} in federal coronavirus rescue spending.

The president this month additionally introduced a brand new nominee to be the inspector general for the Department of Health and Human Services, after Principal Deputy Inspector General Christi A. Grimm launched a report that discovered hospitals had been reporting important shortages of key tools amid the coronavirus pandemic.

House Foreign Affairs Committee Chairman Eliot Engel mentioned Mr. Linick’s workplace had opened an investigation into Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and the most recent firing was a transfer to guard Mr. Pompeo.

“Mr. Linick’s firing amid such a probe strongly suggests that this is an unlawful act of retaliation,” mentioned Mr. Engel, New York Democrat. “This president believes he is above the law.”

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