By Amechi Idumuebor, For Agenda Watchdog, May 16, 2020
(AGENDAWATCHDOG) – President Donald Trump has fired the State Department’s inspector general in a surprise move that is drawing outrage from Democrats.
The president on Friday fired Steve Linick, an Obama administration appointee whose office had been critical of alleged political bias in the State Department’s management.
After the news of the firing, reports emerged that Linick was investigating claims that Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and his wife Susan were using a political appointee to run personal errands.
The ouster is the latest in a series of moves against independent executive branch watchdogs who have found fault with the Trump administration.
In a letter to Congress, Trump said Linick, who had held the job since 2013, no longer had his full confidence and that his removal would take effect in 30 days. Trump did not mention Linick by name in his letter