The plot thickened in the firing of a State Department inspector general last week, and new reporting raised alarm into Secretary of State Mike Pompeo's activity.
The department's inspector general Steve Linick was investigating whether Pompeo had ordered a government employee to perform mundane chores -- such as dog walking -- for his personal benefit, but new reporting from the Washington Post shows that he was also "investigating use of emergency declaration last year to sell arms to Saudis over the objections of Congress.
JUST IN - 2 sources confirm to me that State Dept IG Linick was also investigating use of emergency declaration las… https://t.co/4oEUOjM4Vr— Josh Lederman (@Josh Lederman) 1589813989.0
"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. 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," Foreign Affairs Committee Chairman Rep. Eliot Engel told CNN.
The news set off a firestorm of criticism.
Pompeo blew the Congressional notification on the Saudi arms deal last April. That may have been illegal. Congress… https://t.co/Z2NUAtjGnW— Joel Rubin (@Joel Rubin) 1589816720.0
Here's the letter we sent to State Dept. IG Linnick last year asking him to look into the Saudi arms sale.… https://t.co/TMQnPqKTYU— Tom Malinowski (@Tom Malinowski) 1589814981.0
Pompeo's belief in being America’s “Christian Leader” propels him to in his thinking he can do anything, including… https://t.co/rYTGnZ1WFN— Michelangelo Signorile (@Michelangelo Signorile) 1589818221.0
🔘 SecState Pompeo defended MBS after the murder of Jamal Khashoggi, and, it now appears, was facilitating the not-q… https://t.co/HQBmJWtPsK— Noga Tarnopolsky (@Noga Tarnopolsky) 1589817381.0
breaking news re Pompeo, previously known as the public face of the Trump admin defense of the Saudis during scanda… https://t.co/UQDzFuimd3— Susan Glasser (@Susan Glasser) 1589817152.0
👀 Congress must get to the bottom of this-it’s much more serious than the personal errands story. IGs have dual rep… https://t.co/ysMIVXRb82— Jennifer Rodgers (@Jennifer Rodgers) 1589817548.0