Trump 'gets to hire and fire under the constitution' -McConnell

Wednesday, 20 May, 2020

USA law allows a president to remove inspector generals, who act as watchdogs to expose waste or improper activities within government agencies.

Many career officials viewed Linick as a dogged investigator of malfeasance who cultivated a reputation for diligence and relentlessness.

Pompeo told The Washington Post that he advised Trump to fire Linick because he was not "performing a function" that was "additive for the State Department".

Why it matters: Today's revelation indicates that the president was also concerned about the arms sale investigation.

"I have learned that there may be another reason for Mr. Linick's firing".

The terms of Linick's exit remain contentious.

Pompeo told the Washington Post he had asked Trump to fire Linick, while declining to describe specific concerns.

Mr. Trump confirmed Monday that he made the decision at Mr. Pompeo's request, but added that the dismissal "should have been done a long time ago" because Mr.

He said he did not believe there was a conflict of interest, given Mr Linick was investigating Mr Pompeo.

"I don't know the gentleman", Trump said Monday at the White House during a meeting with restaurateurs at the White House. I'm not briefed on it. One Republican who has frequently sparred with Trump, Utah Sen. The 2014 letter said the White House had imposed "serious limitations on access to records that have recently impeded the work of Inspectors General at the Peace Corps, the Environmental Protection Agency, and the Department of Justice". "Linick pushed out before this work could be completed".

Congress had objected to the weapons sales due to Riyadh's role in the war in Yemen, which has devolved into the world's worst humanitarian catastrophe, as well as ongoing questions about Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman's suspected role in the killing of Saudi dissident and journalist Jamal Khashoggi, who was a US resident at the time of his brutal slaying. Firing any inspector general - let alone four of them - sends all the wrong diplomatic and democratic signals.

But there are a variety of other potential triggers.

The former IG was also probing whether Pompeo misused department funds for personal errands such as walking his dog, making dinner reservations and picking up his dry cleaning.

"It is not possible that this decision, or my recommendation, rather, to the president, rather, was based on any effort to retaliate for any investigation that was going on, or is now going on", Pompeo claimed.

"So, I was very disappointed to hear this news".

In May 2019, the Trump administration declared emergency to bypass Congress and expedite arms sales worth billions of dollars.

Another well-connected official Linick took aim at was Brian Hook, the special envoy for Iran, who maintains good relations with Jared Kushner, Trump's son-in-law and adviser. "The priorities are really screwed up", he said of the investigations into Pompeo. And you know what? Linick, who had been in the State Department IG position since 2013.

If the president notifies the relevant members of Congress at least 30 days prior to a planned firing and communicates the reason why the inspector general should be fired, there's simply nothing unlawful afoot and there's not much critics can do but complain. Last week, lawmakers on both sides of the aisle called for a full explanation into the administration's firings.

"It doesn't touch most people directly".

In April, he fired Michael Atkinson, the inspector general for the intelligence community, for his role in the whistleblower complaint that led to Trump's impeachment. "I will tell you that".

Trump refrained from commenting on the Saudi Arabia deal, but made some remarks on the allegation that Pompeo was using his staff for private chores. It's so stupid. You know how stupid that sounds to the world? And maybe he's negotiating with Kim Jong-un. I'd rather have him on the phone with some world leader than have him wash dishes because maybe his wife isn't there, or his kids. Do you mind walking my dog? Conley continued to say that after several talks with the president regarding the pros and cons of taking the drug, they came to a decision that the potential benefits outnumber the risks involved. "Please walk my dog, '" Trump continued.