POMPEO ADMITS ASKING TRUMP TO FIRE INSPECTOR
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.