Trump Fires Inspector General Who Had Looked Into Pompeo/Giuliani
The Inspector Generals working for the United State’s are responsible for investigating government officials in a nonpartisan way. And lately, it’s been a difficult position for anyone hoping to keep their job.
Donald Trump recently fired Cristi Grimm from her Inspector General role. Grimm had pointed out PPE shortages that affected the COVID-19 response. On Friday night, the President announced the firing of another Inspector General, Steve Linick, who has looked into Mike Pompeo and Rudy Giuliani.
Linick has most likely earned the President’s ire by being involved in the impeachment trial. He had ferried documents related to Rudy Giuliani’s role in the matter.
A Democratic aide also told Politico, “Linick had launched an investigation into Pompeo’s alleged misuse of a political appointee to perform personal tasks for him and Mrs. Pompeo.”
Democrats were angered by Trump’s Friday night decision. Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi said:
“The president’s late-night, weekend firing of the State Department inspector general has accelerated his dangerous pattern of retaliation against the patriotic public servants charged with conducting oversight on behalf of the American people. Inspector General Linick was punished for honorably performing his duty to protect the Constitution and our national security, as required by the law and by his oath.”
Trump will move fast to get one of his own people in the role. He will be nominating Stephen Akard to fill Linick’s former role. Akard is close with Mike Pence Having previously served under his as chief of staff for the Indiana Economic Development Corporation