Pom­peo de­fends fir­ing of watch­dog at State

Richmond Times-Dispatch - - NATION & WORLD -

WASH­ING­TON — Sec­re­tary of State Mike Pom­peo and his top deputy re­jected al­le­ga­tions that the State Depart­ment’s in­de­pen­dent watch­dog was fired for in­ves­ti­gat­ing al­leged im­pro­pri­ety by Pom­peo and his wife.

In sep­a­rate let­ters sent to Congress late Thurs­day, Pom­peo and Deputy Sec­re­tary of State Stephen Biegun de­nied sug­ges­tions that Pom­peo was aware of any such probe by ousted in­spec­tor gen­eral Steve Linick or his of­fice.

Pom­peo also de­nied that Linick was re­moved for no cause, ac­cus­ing him of “strange and er­ratic be­hav­ior” and fail­ing to do his job. Democrats sug­gested Linick’s ouster was per­son­ally and po­lit­i­cally mo­ti­vated.

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