Pompeo defends firing of watchdog at State
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.