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Secretary of Point out Mike Pompeo questioned President Donald Trump to hearth Condition Office Inspector Typical Steve Linick, The Washington Submit reported Monday. 

Pompeo explained to the Submit he experienced designed the ask for simply because Linick’s do the job was “undermining” the department’s mission. He also claimed he did not know beforehand that Linick was investigating him.

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The president fired Linick very last 7 days. The IG was reportedly investigating why Pompeo rapidly-tracked far more than $eight billion in weapons to Saudi Arabia and its allies, as effectively as whether or not Pompeo built a staffer run own errands for him.

Trump confirmed in remarks to reporters at a restaurant field roundtable on Monday that Pompeo asked him to fire the inspector normal, adding: “I really don’t know him at all. I hardly ever even listened to of him.” Trump then stated Pompeo should really have fired Linick a very long time ago, because “he’s an Obama appointment, and he experienced some difficulty.”

Lawmakers from both equally sides of the aisle have criticized Trump for firing Linick, a profession Point out Department formal who has served as the department’s inspector general considering the fact that 2013. On Saturday, Rep. Eliot Engel (D-N.Y.) introduced an investigation into the firing. 

Household Speaker Nancy Pelosi claimed Sunday that Trump’s firing of Linick “could be unlawful” if it was meant to retaliate in opposition to one of his investigations. 

Trump has fired a number of inspectors basic in modern months, including intelligence local community watchdog Michael Atkinson. 

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