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Trump’s removal of State Dept. IG linked to possible investigation of Pompeo: NPR

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According to a report from NPR, Donald Trump’s abrupt decision to remove State Department Inspector General Steve Linick was linked by a Democratic lawmaker to a possible investigation being opened into actions by Secretary of State Mike Pompeo.

The president served notice late Friday that he intends to replace Linick in a letter to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA).

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According to NPR, “Linick had been on the job since 2013 and had recently issued reports criticizing some Trump appointees of retaliating against career public servants. Democrats expressed outrage at his firing. The chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, Eliot Engel, D-N.Y., accused President Trump of taking the action to protect Secretary of State Mike Pompeo.”

“I have learned that the Office of the Inspector General had opened an investigation into Secretary Pompeo,” Engel said in a statement. “Mr. Linick’s firing amid such a probe strongly suggests that this is an unlawful act of retaliation.”

Engel did not offer further detail, however NPR reports, “… a Democratic aide on Capitol Hill elaborated that ‘the OIG was looking into the Secretary’s misuse of a political appointee at the Department to perform personal tasks for himself and Mrs. Pompeo.'”


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Trump attacks ‘mad woman’ Kamala Harris, ‘crazy’ Pelosi and ‘not smart’ AOC

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President Donald Trump kicked off Thursday morning racist and misogynistic attacks against powerful Democratic women. His targets: presumptive Democratic vice presidential nominee Kamala Harris, Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, MSNBC host Mika Brzezinski, and U.S. Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez.

In an early morning interview with Fox News Business's Maria Bartiromo the president called U.S. Senator Kamala Harris (D-CA) "condescending" and a "Mad Woman."

"Now you have sort of a Mad Woman," Trump said, "I call her, because she was so angry and such hatred with Justice Kavanaugh. I mean, I've never seen anything like it. She was the angriest of the group and they were all angry. They're all radical left angry people."

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Trump openly admits to sabotaging Post Office to boost his re-election chances

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President Donald Trump told Fox Business's Maria Bartiromo on Thursday that he is blocking needed funds to the United States Postal Service as a way to thwart Democrats' efforts to have mail-in voting during the 2020 presidential election.

When asked a question about giving the Post Office the resources needed to handle millions of mail-in ballots this fall, the president said he was not interested in providing the funds.

"Now they need that money in order to make the Post Office work so it can take all of these millions and millions of ballots," Trump said, according to CNN's Abby Philip. "But if they don’t get those two items that means you can’t have universal mail-in voting."

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‘Months to prepare’: Trump’s ‘disarray’ after Kamala Harris joins Biden mocked on Morning Joe

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MSNBC's John Heilemann marveled at the "total disarray" in President Donald Trump's response to Sen. Kamala Harris joining the Democratic ticket.

The president has seemed even more off than usual since Joe Biden named the California Democrat his running mate, the "Morning Joe" contributor said, although Trump and the Republican Party should have been prepared for that likely scenario.

"If you think about the metrics by which we judge in politics, a VP rollout, they controlled the timing, didn't have a leak that came out, got out ahead of them," Heilemann said. "All the electronic means they used on Tuesday to get the word out, 24 hours later you had a unified Democratic Party. No faction of the party taking potshots at the pick. Not just unified but enthused, donors writing checks. Small donors on the web giving the campaign its biggest fund-raising campaign in history. Everything you could want on the Democratic side and rave reviews from the press. A candidate who cleared the bar ready to be commander in chief. No one questioning their qualifications, and on the Republican side, total disarray in terms of what the message is supposed to be."

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