The American President, Donald trump, has fired a government inspector investigating the secretary of state, Mike Pompeo, reported a Democratic congressman.
The State Department confirmed the dismissal of the inspector general Steve Linick without stating the reason for the dismissal. Democrat Eliot Engel, chairman of the Foreign Affairs Committee of the House of Representatives, said for his part that Linick had opened a Pompeo research.
“The fact that Linick was fired in the midst of such an investigation strongly suggests that this is a illegal act of retaliation“added the congressman.
A Democratic aide in Congress stated anonymously that Linick was investigating allegations that Pompeo abused a person appointed by the political power to carry out personal tasks for him and his wife. Pompeo often travels on the government plane with his wife, Susan, which raises controversy since she has no official position.
The Democratic Speaker of the House of Representatives, Nancy Pelosi, stated that the dismissed investigator was “punished for having honestly discharged his duty for the protection of the Constitution “and” national security “.
Linick, a longtime prosecutor, was appointed in 2013 by Trump’s predecessor, Barack Obama, to monitor the use of the $ 70 billion of US diplomacy.
ORA State Department spokesman reported that the new inspector general will be Stephen Akard, a former assistant to Vice President Mike Pence. Since last year, Akard heads the State Department’s Office of Foreign Missions, who is in charge of relations with diplomats in the United States.