Fired State Department watchdog was investigating Saudi arms sales

Trump Removes State Department IG — We Don't Know the Reasons Yet ...

The State Department watchdog President Trump fired last Friday was investigating U.S. military sales to Saudi Arabia, Democratic lawmakers said Monday.

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said he had urged Trump to remove former Inspector General Steve Linick because his work was undermining the State Department. “Just like every presidentially confirmed position, I can terminate them. They serve at his pleasure for any reason or no reason,” Pompeo told The Washington Post in an interview.

Linick was the fourth federal government inspector general Trump has fired in recent weeks.

 Congressional Democrats  have launched an investigation into the removal of Linick, who also reportedly was looking into whether Pompeo had a staffer do personal errands for him. Pompeo said he didn’t know Linick was investigating him.

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