Status: May 16, 2020 9:09 a.m..
US President Trump has dismissed the internal chief investigator in the State Department. This is said to have previously opened an investigation against head of department Pompeo. Sharp criticism of the dismissal came from the Democrats.
Another high-ranking official in the US must vacate his place: President Donald Trump dismisses the head of the internal control authority in the State Department, Inspector General Steve Linick. As the news portal Politico and the broadcaster CNN reported, Trump informed the Democratic chairman of the House of Representatives, Nancy Pelosi, about the personnel. According to the AFP, the State Department confirmed the dismissal.
It didn’t give a reason.
House Foreign Affairs Chairman Eliot Engel said Linick had opened an investigation against Pompeo as an internal investigator. “Mr. Linick’s dismissal amid such an investigation strongly suggests that this is an unlawful act of retaliation.” Engel criticized that Trump wanted to protect “one of his most loyal supporters” by firing. The AFP reported, citing a Democrat employee in the US Congress, that Linick was investigating complaints about Pompeo that the Secretary of State had an official do private things for himself and his wife.
Pelosi accused Trump of punishing Linick for trying to protect the constitution and national security. With the president there is a dangerous “pattern of retaliation” against officials who do their control oversight in authorities.
Trump fires other top officials.
Several layoffs in the wake of the Ukraine affair.
Linick, who had worked as a prosecutor for a long time, was appointed by Trump’s predecessor Barack Obama in 2013. According to CNN, he played a – relatively small – role in the impeachment proceedings against Trump. The Democratic-dominated House of Representatives had accused Trump, among other things, of pressuring the Ukrainian government to investigate his Democratic rival Joe Biden.
In February, Trump was acquitted in the trial by a majority of his Republicans in the US Senate.
Last month, Trump had already fired the Inspector General of the Secret Services, Michael Atkinson. Atkinson was instrumental in coming to terms with the Ukraine affair, which led to the impeachment proceedings against the US president. After Trump’s acquittal, a White House National Security Council expert on Ukraine, Lieutenant Colonel Alexander Vindman, and the US Ambassador to the EU, Gordon Sondland, were also relieved of their duties.
local-news.fun Both had testified against the president in Congress after being summoned under threat of punishment.
According to a ministry spokesman, Linick will be replaced by Stephen Akard, who previously worked for US Vice President Mike Pence in his home state of Indiana.
Deutschlandfunk reported on this topic on May 16, 2020 at 9:00 a.m..