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State Department watchdog sacked

State Department Inspector General Steve Linick Associated Press/Photo by J. Scott Applewhite (file)

State Department watchdog sacked

Congressional Democrats launched an investigation after President Donald Trump fired State Department Inspector General Steve Linick on Friday. Counting Linick, the president has removed four agency inspectors general within six weeks. Democrats on Saturday asked the Trump administration to turn over documents related to the firing by Friday.

Whom else did Trump dismiss? The president demoted acting Defense Department Inspector General Glenn Fine, who was responsible for monitoring the administration’s spending on the coronavirus pandemic. He also fired the inspector general of the intelligence community, Michael Atkinson, and Health and Human Services Inspector General Christi Grimm. Inspectors general serve at the pleasure of the president, so it is within Trump’s prerogative to remove them.

Dig deeper: Read Marvin Olasky’s interview with Brian Miller, former inspector general of the U.S. General Services Administration.

Harvest Prude

Harvest is a former political reporter for WORLD’s Washington Bureau. She is a World Journalism Institute and Patrick Henry College graduate.



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Steve Shive

Thanks for the Sift update Harvest. Good information and we will see where it leads.

I followed the "removed" hyper-link in this article to a similar Sift article from April 8, "Republican lawmakers want answers after President Donald Trump ousted two federal watchdogs from their positions. " I didn’t see any comments following that report about spying or subterfuge or conspiracies. The mantra that President Trump is always right and it is always the "Dems" is silly. There are power hungry agenda driven politicians on both the Republican and Democratic sides. There are even honest, forthright, and serious Democratic politicians. And committed Christians. Painting with stereotypic broad brush strokes that characterize all Dems as evil and conspiratorial and assumes President Trump or Republicans have no hidden or personal agendas obfuscates what is going on in Congress and the White House. Though I love much of what President Trump has done and often defend him it is naive to assume he is always right or pure in his decision making or actions.

I also followed the hyper-link to Marvin Olasky's interview from 2019 with "Brian Miller, former inspector general of the U.S. General Services Administration." That interview which I might have missed was very interesting and revealing. All of us, regardless of party allegiance, or other affiliation are susceptible to pride, love of money, dishonesty, etc.