A White House official says Pompeo advised firing under State Department surveillance

A White House official says Pompeo advised firing under State Department surveillance
A White House official says Pompeo advised firing under State Department surveillance

A White House official said that less than 24 hours after the State Department abruptly sacked the watchman, the activities of the agency's staff were criticized. America Mike Pompeo.

Pompeo "recommended the measure" and President Donald Trump agreed, "the official said.

The State Department's Inspector General was fired Friday night, by Steve Linnick, when he "investigated the misbehavior of the secretary of a man appointed by the department to perform personal duties for himself and Ms. Pompeo." , A Democratic assistant told NBC News.

Speaker of the House of Foreign Affairs, Eliot L., a Democrat in New York. Engel said on Friday that he had come to know that Linnick had "opened an investigation into Pompeo."

Trump on Friday informed Congress in a letter to the Speaker of the California Democratic House of Representative Nancy Pelosi that she did not trust Linnick.

"... It is important that you have the utmost confidence in those appointed to serve as inspectors general," Trump said in the letter. "This is no longer the case in relation to this Inspector General."

US Senator Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, co-chairman of the Whistleblower Protection Committee, said Congress has the authority for a more comprehensive explanation for removing Linnick. He called the Inspector General "important for correcting government failures and promoting the responsibility that the American people deserve".

"As I said before, Congress needs written reasons that justify the removal of an IG," Grasley said. "A general lack of confidence is not enough to satisfy Congress."

Graslie said Linick took on the role of inspector general after the Obama administration left him vacant for several years.

"Although he did not fully assess the role of the State Department in furthering the investigation of the notorious Russian collusion, those deficiencies did not make the President responsible for providing details to Congress by removing GIs.

Engel and Senator Bob Mendend, D-N.J., The highest-ranking members of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, announced Saturday that they would launch an investigation into the expulsion. He also requested that the Trump administration reverse the records and information related to the layoffs before May 22.

Engel said he would "investigate the matter in more detail" in the coming days.

Trump also fired the intelligence community watchman, Michael Atkinson, and the acting Inspector General of Defense, Glenn Fine.

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