State Dept. Watchdog Was Investigating Saudi Arms Deal When Trump Fired Him

President Donald Trump’s decision to fire the State Department inspector general Steve Linick last week was met with criticism from many Democrats who saw it as a move to by Trump to shed investigations into his allies.

Those suspicions were furthered on Monday when Foreign Affairs Committee Chairman Eliot Engel (D-N.Y.) said that Linick was investigating Trump’s massive arms deal with Saudi Arabia.”

In a statement, Engel said, “I have learned that there may be another reason for Mr. Linick’s firing. His office was investigating — at my request — Trump’s phony declaration of an emergency so he could send weapons to Saudi Arabia.”

He added, “We don’t have the full picture yet, but it’s troubling that Secretary Pompeo wanted Mr. Linick pushed out before this work could be completed.”

The “phony declaration of an emergency” is a nod to the declaration that Trump made in May of 2019 that allowed him to push the arms deal through without approval from Congress. Trump’s emergency was in regards to national security threats by the Iranians.

On the day after Trump fired Linick, Democrats on Capitol Hill announced that they were launching a probe into the dismissal. They said “We unalterably oppose the politically-motivated firing of inspectors general and the President’s gutting of these critical positions.”

The White House has said that Trump fired Linick at the urging of Secretary of State Mike Pompeo.

Linick was also investigating whether Pompeo tasked a staffer with menial tasks like walking his dog and picking up his laundry.

The State Department inspector general is the fourth watchdog that Trump has fired or replaced in six weeks.

In April, he fired Intel IG Michael Atkinson, Defense IG Glenn Fine. He replaced HHS watchdog Christi Grimm after a report from her office on the shortages of protective gear during the coronavirus pandemic.

Responses

  1. Here comes another investigation. That makes four since the phony partisan impeachment failed. How many more will be launched to attempt to provide support for Biden. Lying, cheating, corrupt Democrats.

  2. If they want to investigate a shady arms deal, look no further than Obama.

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  4. He should have fired all of the Obama appointees from the start. Unfortunately he was under the impression that these were good people who wanted to serve their nation instead of people who merely want to serve their party’s political interests. Just another example that you can’t trust a Democrat in any position of power because they will use it to try to destroy you for more power. Most of the things that Trump has done have been done by countless Presidents before him without complaint from either party, but as soon as Trump does anything they immediately want investigations into wrong doing. We need to take back the House and hold the Senate and White House in November or we’re just going to have four more years of never-ending witch hunts and partisan investigations. The House has done nothing for the past two years but obstruct and investigate. Trump held out the olive branch to them on Day 1 to work together, and they hit him over the head with it. It’s past-time to send them packing so that Trump can again rebuild the economy and move his agenda forward. We don’t need to go through another two years of what we’ve gone through for the past two. Vote Red down ballot for everything.

  5. Time has a way of exposing His Majesty’s corruption and illegalities.

    The problem is that we don’t HAVE time.

    Right now, the American Fascists are looking for 50,000 goons to intimidate voters going to the November polls. Voter fraud is NOT a problem, but voter suppression is extremely common. Over the recent decades, especially since 1982, laws have been passed to help stop the fascists from doing it, but these keep on getting caught, and caught, and caught suppressing voters. Now they have our corrupt courts on their side overturning the laws that help enforce fair elections.

    1. The bigger problem is there has been no corruption and illegalities on the Republican side. The democrats however are filthy, lying scum who attempted, and are still attempting a coup. They are the scourge of the earth.

      1. Willie : Just like your god-idol trumphisadeadbeatdouchebag you are describing yourself when referring to others

      1. Come on, OBSIDIAN! Stop asking me to hold your hand, will ya? You have to learn to face facts and deal with them like a man.

        The current government is out to hurt our democracy (a constitutional democratic republic, for the thick-headed readers) strange as that may sound to you. The American Fascist Party has no interest in keeping this country a democracy because it is not in THEIR best interest in holding onto power. They have been doing voter suppression for DECADES! YOU asked for this, so stop crying and do something about it BEFORE it is too late. No second term!

        www·nytimes·com/2020/05/18/us/Voting-republicans-trump.html

        1. Nice propaganda. If dems would stop bringing illegals in to vote, releasing criminals to vote, registering dead people, issuing multiple registrations to voters, and stop bussing in people from outside areas, voter fraud wouldn’t be an issue. Nice way to twist voter FRAUD into voter “suppression.” Dems are sick and twisted.

          We’re a REPUBLIC as you’ve sarcastically stated, while continuing to use the, “democracy” brainwashed narrative. Socialism is fascist. Get it right.

          1. “Socialism is fascist. Get it right.” OBSIDIAN

            That is impossible to be correct, since socialism is a broad spectrum on the left and fascism is on the far right. I keep on explaining this to you idiot projectionists, but you just won’t stop with your projection.

            Get over it and accept it. Your Dear Leader IS a fascist.

    2. The only voter fraud has been Democrats stuffing ballot boxes, busing minorities and derelicts from polling place to polling place voting over and over, registering the dead to vote, allowing illegals to vote, not requiring voter ID, etc. The only voting “suppression” involves ILLEGAL voting. Now, the Democrats want mail in voting, country wide. Just one more way for Democrats to cheat. Lying, cheating, corrupt Democrats. Your crying about fascists is silly. The only fascists are the Democrats, trying to become dictators in control.

          1. Actually, this is NOT, unfotrunately. On top of that, Dear Leader is ramping UP the rhetoric to ensure MORE voter suppression happens in this election.

            You can and probably will hide your head in the sand, so that you don’t see it happening, but doing so will NOT stop it from happening. It is happening today.

  6. The cesspool of corruption and EVIL ASS HOLE trumphisadesperatedouchebag has soooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo much to hide and keep hidden. Honesty and truth are anathema to him.

    1. Apparently honesty and truth are anathema to you. Learn how to research.

      1. It is all fully documented and available to anyone who is able and willing to read it. Of course this does severely limit most trumpukelicans since you are illiterate morons.

          1. 2 weeks ago, when the infection numbers were about 650,000 and the death toll frolm the virus was about 60,000, Jared The Little Psychopath Kushner stated emphatically that the virus had been contained and that history would look upon the action take by the administration as an overwhelming success.
            Now the infection count is over 1, 500,000 and the death toll is over 91,000 with both counts continuing to climb.
            This administration’s response to the pandemic has been, continues to be, and will always be an abysmally catastrophic, indefensible failure.

        1. Poor John. His reading and communication skills are sorely lacking. John, try reading about the number of cases of H1N1 during the Obamanation. 60.8 million cases and nothing was done.

          1. Your infantile and desperate dodge won’t work scooter.

            Were you born under a lump of shit or does it just fit your budget ?

          2. Poor John. He’s just upset because he’s named for a feces receptacle. Now he’s emitting waste matter.

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