House Democrats call for the reinstation of State Department Inspector General Steve Linick and demand Secretary of State Mike Pompeo reveal the documents related to his firing.
In the May 21st letter, the Democrats say that the circumstances of Linick’s firing will be thoroughly examined — including the possibility that President Donald Trump recommended Pompeo to so. Days before his dismissal Linick had opened an investigation Pompeo’s “misuse of a political appointee at the Department to perform personal tasks for himself and Mrs. Pompeo,” reports NBC.
Since Linick’s dismissal, there have been several more reports about Pompeo’s alleged misuse of taxpayer resources, including over-the-top dinners for conservative stars, businessmen, and politicians in the Diplomatic Reception Rooms, reports TPM Media. His replacement, Director of the Office of Foreign Missions Stephen Akard, also raises eyebrows since he has little experience in investigatory work or law enforcement. Akard did not leave his position in the Office of Foreign Missions after taking the Inspector General one. Therefore, as the letter from the chairpeople recommends, he should to resign from the Office of Foreign Missions and not participate in any cases involving that office or Pompeo.
“This environment could severely chill whistleblower disclosures to the Office of Inspector General because whistleblowers might fear that their identity could become known to an official still reporting to you,” the letter reads.
Pompeo should turn over the documents involving Linick’s dismissal, as well as guest lists for the “Madison Dinners,” before June 4th.
The letter was signed by Democrats: Rep. Carolyn Maloney, chair of the Committee on Oversight and Reform, Rep. Eliot Engel, chair of the Committee on Foreign Affairs, Rep. Gerald Connolly, chair of the Subcommittee on Government Operations and Rep. Joaquin Castro, chair of the Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations.