POM­PEO AD­MITS ASK­ING TRUMP TO FIRE IN­SPEC­TOR

Calgary Herald - - PANDEMIC -

WASHINGTON U.S. Sec­re­tary of State Mike Pom­peo con­firmed Mon­day that he asked Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump to fire the State De­part­ment in­spec­tor gen­eral be­cause his work was “un­der­min­ing” the de­part­ment’s mis­sion but de­clined to de­scribe any spe­cific con­cerns.

In an in­ter­view, Pom­peo said the de­ci­sion wasn’t an act of po­lit­i­cal re­tal­i­a­tion be­cause he didn’t know be­fore­hand the of­fi­cial, Steve Linick, was in­ves­ti­gat­ing al­le­ga­tions that he had an aide run per­sonal er­rands for him.

Con­gres­sional Democrats have ex­pressed out­rage over the un­ex­plained Fri­day night dis­missal of Linick and want to launch their own in­ves­ti­ga­tion.

Pom­peo said no rea­son need be given for pres­i­den­tial ap­pointees like Linick to be fired.

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