WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Democrats in Congress on Saturday opened an investigation into President Donald Trump's move, to overthrow the State Department's internal watchdog, accusing the president of escalating the fight. battle against any government surveillance.
Trump announced the dismissal of Inspector General Steve Linick in a letter to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi on Friday night, making Linick the latest government inspector general toppled in recent weeks under the communist president. tie.
Top Democrats in the House and Senate Foreign Relations Committees have questioned the timing and motivation of what they call an unprecedented abolition.
In a statement announcing the investigation of the Democratic Party, Senator Eliot Engel and Senator Bob Menendez
The two Democrats said it was their understanding that Secretary of State Mike Pompeo personally asked Linick to storm because the Inspector General opened an investigation into Pompeo's own misconduct.
Asked about the investigation, a White House official, speaking on condition of anonymity, said: Mr. Pompeo's secretary proposed the action and President Trump agreed.
A State Department spokesman confirmed that Linick was fired but did not comment on …
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