Update – U.S News
The president’s letter did not mention Steve Linick by name but said his removal would take effect in 30 days, The Associated Press reported.
Linick, a former assistant U.S. attorney in California and Virginia who has held the IG position since 2013, had overseen reports that were highly critical of the State Department’s management policies since Trump took office.
“This firing is the outrageous act of a president trying to protect one of his most loyal supporters, the secretary of state, from accountability,” Eliot Engel, D-N.Y., said in a statement. “I have learned that the Office of the Inspector General had opened an investigation into Secretary Pompeo. Mr. Linick’s firing amid such a probe strongly suggests that this is an unlawful act of retaliation.”
Linick’s removal continues a series of changes among the government’s inspectors general.
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