Ayyyeee… What’s Goodie Everyone. So I got some very puzzling tea and it’s about an former inspector general and the secretary of state with his staff handling certain task delegated to them.
The State Department inspector general fired by President Trump was looking into allegations that a staffer for Secretary of State Mike Pompeo was performing domestic errands and chores such as handling dry cleaning, walking the family dog and making restaurant reservations, said a congressional official familiar with the matter. According to The Washington Post;
Steve Linick, the independent watchdog whose job it was to expose waste and malfeasance within the agency, investigated a number of issues at the State Department that agitated senior Trump administration officials, but it remains unclear what specifically triggered his ouster Friday night.
The congressional official, speaking on the condition of anonymity because the matter remains highly sensitive, said that the State Department staffer was a political appointee and that at least one congressional committee learned of the allegations around the time of Linick’s firing.
Congressional Democrats are investigating whether Linick’s firing was an effort to shut down the investigation, the official said.
NBC News first reported Sunday night that Linick was investigating allegations that Pompeo used staff for personal chores and errands.
The State Department did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
The White House said Trump’s late-night ouster of Linick came at the recommendation of Pompeo, a decision that has prompted criticisms from Democrats and some Republicans as a threat to good governance and oversight.
Inspectors general serve as internal government watchdogs conducting oversight of federal agencies. They are political appointees, but their independence is supposed to be protected. Linick’s firing amounted to the fourth such ouster in recent weeks.