Congressman Engel and Senator Melendez Launch Probe Into Removal of State Department Inspector General Linick

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Lawmakers Request that White House and State Department Preserve and Produce Records Related to Friday’s Late-Night Firing

U.S. Senator Bob Menendez represents the State of New Jersey.

Congressman Eliot Engel is the U.S. Representative for New York’s Congressional District 16.

WASHINGTON, DC — May 16, 2020 — Representative Eliot L. Engel, Chairman of the House Committee on Foreign Affairs, and Senator Bob Menendez, Ranking Member of the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations, yesterday launched an investigation into President Trump’s firing of State Department Inspector General Steve Linick. Writing to the White House, the Department of State, and the State Department Office of Inspector General, the lawmakers requested that administration officials preserve all records related to the firing and turn information over to the committees by Friday, May 22.

“President Trump’s unprecedented removal of Inspector General Linick is only his latest sacking of an inspector general, our government’s key independent watchdogs, from a federal agency. We unalterably oppose the politically-motivated firing of inspectors general and the President’s gutting of these critical positions,” wrote Engel and Menendez. “Reports indicate that Secretary Pompeo personally made the recommendation to fire Mr. Linick, and it is our understanding that he did so because the Inspector General had opened an investigation into wrongdoing by Secretary Pompeo himself. Such an action, transparently designed to protect Secretary Pompeo from personal accountability, would undermine the foundation of our democratic institutions and may be an illegal act of retaliation. This concern is amplified by the fact that it came only hours after the House of Representatives passed the Heroes Act, which contains additional legal protections for inspectors general.”  

Chairman Engel’s and Ranking Member Menendez requested that the administration turn over records and information related to the firing of Mr. Linick, information about Stephen J. Akard, whom the State Department has announced will lead the OIG, and records of all IG investigations involving the Office of the Secretary that were open, pending, or incomplete at the time of Mr. Linick’s firing. 

The letter to the White House can be found here.

The letter to the Department of State can be found here.

The letter to the State Department Office of Inspector General can be found here.


TribuneCongressman Engel and Senator Melendez Launch Probe Into Removal of State Department Inspector General Linick

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  1. viruses come and go…what are you dumb…it depends on the type of virus…COVID-19 is particularly vicious…it affects multiple organs the brain, kidneys, lungs, liver… kills people….the governors have the authority to issue public health orders to protect the residents of the state. There is nothing unconstitutional about those directives. Since when does the US put business before the lives of its citizens? Since when does the President of the United States abdicate his responsibility to put in place a national plan to deal with the pandemic? and since when does the US President ignore the warnings from his own staff that the pandemic was on its way…and that was in January…He ignored those warnings in February and early March as well…He said there was only one case…then he said only 11 cases and it would magically disappear in April…Now almost 100,000 people are dead on our way to 300,000….Had Trump acted early in the game we wouldn’t be anywhere near where we are today..and the economy wouldn’t be crippled….So your pronouncement that Democrats are killing the country is dead wrong….TRUMP IS. he won’t run!

  2. The actions taken by the Trump administration against its independent Inspectors general is a disgrace and Republicans in the Senate know it….They are being fired for doing their jobs and uncovering malfeasance in office. Our democracy is based on the rule of law, it is based on checks and balances and it is based on Congressional oversight of the Executive branch. Trump Pompeo and Barr don’t believe in Democracy nor do they believe in the Constitution. They believe in raw power for power’s sake and for their own agendas, in the case of Pompeo and Barr who are religionists and want to impose their view of morality on the rest of the nation, and in the case of Trump who is motivated by self enrichment and a second term. This will not end well for any of them

    1. Obama did not nominate an Inspector General for the State Dept during his entire first term fact the position was vacant for nearly six years. The vacancy coincided with Hillary Clinton as Secretary of State which was marred by controversy including private email server. Where were the checks and balance, and rule of law?

  3. Take heed! Democrats are killing the country! Scary times! God help us! Open up everyone, get back to business as usual! Viruses come and go. Every states governors executive Order On Corona is unconstitutional! Get back to work people! Business owners,
    Open up your business! The people support you!

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