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Democrats in the US Congress launch an Investigation into the Sudden Firing of State Department's IG Steve Linick

  • The Democrats in the US Congress have launched a probe into the sudden firing of State Department’s Inspector General Steve Linick. They have accused the US President Donald Trump of escalating his fight against any oversight of his administration. House Foreign Affairs Chairman Eliot L. Engel had told media that the ousted Linick told him that he had opened an investigation into Pompeo and “was looking into the Secretary's misuse of a political appointee at the Department to perform personal tasks for himself and Mrs. Pompeo.” A White House official has said that the decision of the ousting of State Department's internal watchdog came on the advice of US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and later agreed upon by US President Donald Trump. Co-chair of the Whistleblower Protection Caucus, US Senator Chuck Grassley (senior Republican Senator from Iowa) said that the US Congress needs written reasons to justify an inspector general’s removal as “a general lack of confidence simply is not sufficient detail to satisfy Congress.” President Trump had said in a letter to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi on Friday that he no longer has full confidence in Linick.