“I have not heard any valid reason that would justify my removal,” fired State Department Inspector General (IG) Steve Linick told House Committee on Foreign Affairs members June 3. He also called the public explanations by the Secretary Pompeo and other Department officials “either misplaced or unfounded.”
Having served for over 20 years in the Department of State, I know Linick is right. He was doing his job.
There was a reason he was fired, just not a valid one. He was investigating misuse of government resources (i. e. taxpayer money) by Pompeo and his wife. He also was investigating Pompeo’s 2019 emergency declaration allowing arms sales of over $8 billion to Saudia Arabia and other countries. (Pompeo stonewalled Linick’s requests for an interview.) Linick also didn’t bow to bullying by Pompeo’s long-time friend and all around go-to guy Under Secretary for Management Brian Bulatao.
Linick’s firing was part of a broader pattern. An appalling pattern that should concern all Americans. Waste and malfeasance in government is not a red or blue issue.
For a more detailed summary of Linick’s testimony, see