Pompeo Says He Recommended Trump Remove State Department Inspector General

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo says he recommended that President Donald Trump remove Steve Linick from his position as the State Department’s inspector general. 

During a press conference on Wednesday, Pompeo was asked about the move — which has led to an investigation by the Congressional Democrats — and he noted that Trump has the authority to fire inspector generals.

He added, “In this case, I recommended to the president that Steve Linick be terminated. Frankly, should have done it some time ago.”

Pompeo refused to elaborate on his comments to The Washington Post that Linick was “undermining” the mission of the State Department. 

He said on Wednesday, “I don’t talk about personnel matters. I don’t leak to you all … we’ll share with the appropriate people the rational.”

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Pompeo’s comments come days after Trump told Congressional leaders that he would remove Linick from his position. In a letter to lawmakers, Trump cited a loss of “confidence” in Linick as his reason for removing him. 

In the wake of Trump’s decision, it was reported that Linick was investigating whether Pompeo directed a staffer to run errands — such as walk his dog.

The discovery that Linick was investigating Pompeo led Democrats to raise concerns that his removal was retaliatory. 

In an interview with CBS’ “Face The Nation,” House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) said, “The president has the right to fire any federal employee, but the fact is if it looks like it’s in retaliation for something that the IG, the inspector general, is doing that could be unlawful.”

Pompeo has denied that he knew Linick was investigating. During his press conference, he said, “There are claims that this was for retaliation for some investigation that the inspector general’s office here was engaged in.”

“That’s patently false. I have no sense of what investigations were taking place inside the inspector general’s office. Couldn’t possibly have retaliated for all the things,” he said. 

While Pompeo reiterated that he did not have information about the inspector general’s office, he noted that he did provide written answers to Linick regarding an unspecified investigation. However, he said he did not know the scope or nature of the investigation.

“It’s not possible for there to have been retaliation,” he added.

Democrats are not the only ones seeking more information on the decision to remove Linick. Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) sent a letter to Trump to request more information, “Congress’s intent is clear that an expression of lost confidence, without further explanation, is not sufficient to fulfill the requirements of the IG Reform Act.

He added, “Please provide a detailed reasoning for the removal of Inspector General Linick no later than June 1, 2020.”


  1. Another worthless Obamanation obstructor. There’s the real obstruction in government. Maybe he can get a job as a “whistleblower”. I understand Noodler and Shifty Schiff are hiring. Requirements needed are; 1. being a liar, 2. ready to sign off on any BS “letter” that Democrat counsels come up with. He can submit his resume’ to Pelosi, the head of the Democrat Inquisition.

  2. Frankly Leftist Obama appointed holdouts should have been banished 3-4 years ago.

  3. “Linick was “undermining” the mission of the State Department.” Article

    “I have no sense of what investigations were taking place inside the inspector general’s office.” Pompous Pompeo


    Shortly after IG Linik contacted the US Gov. Office of Ethics they contacted Pompous Pompeo’s office. Linik was then fired.

    Anybody who, at this stage, is still defending Pompous Pompeo has NO IDEA what he was up to because, if you DID know, then you would not be defending him. Pompous Pompeo was spending tons of government money, YOUR money, on priming his possible election bid, and THAT is illegal. YOU should be furious that this was allowed to go on for so long.

    1. BS Scotty, Brian Bulatao, the State Department’s undersecretary for management, said concern over Linick had grown because of a “pattern of unauthorized disclosures, or leaks,” Linick had been suspected of leaking the substance of investigations to the media. Media reports of investigations cited the person responsible for the investigation. That would have been Linick. Linick had ignored the directions of then-deputy secretary of state John Sullivan to refer the leak investigation to the Council of the Inspectors General on Integrity and Efficiency. He picked another fed agency on his own, to pick the person he wanted to grade his own homework. That sets up a whole apparent conflict of interest. Linick was another Obama holdover seeking to obstruct the Trump administration.

      1. BS. Careermen like him look after their careers by being non-partisan. The rest of your comment sounds like typical partisan BS, as usual.

        1. Actually, Scotty, I copied directly from an article from the Washington Post. Don’t you believe the Liberal press? They got the truth out for once. Perhaps you should actually do some research.

          1. Scotty – Actually, it does. If there’s justification, there’s no foul. The President has the right to fire any of them.

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    1. Two of the three stooges (johnny and scotty) commenting. Nothing to see here.

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