(Reuters) – U.S. President Donald Trump sacked State Department Inspector General Steve Linick late Friday, with aversion that led to heavy criticism from senior democratic lawmakers, including including the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Ms. Nancy Pelosi.
FILE PHOTO: U.S. Department of State Inspector General Steve Linick departs after a meeting of the Senate Intelligence Committee and the Senate at the U.S. Capitol Building in Washington, USA October 2, 2019. REUTERS / Jonathan Ernst / File Photo
Trump said in a letter to Pelosi that he no longer believed in the inspector's overall ability to serve, although he did not give reasons for his insecurity.
This is to advise me to exercise my power as President to dismiss the Inspector General of the State Department, effective 30 days from today, he said.
The letter did not say who will replace Linick, who was appointed in 2013 under the Obama administration and the latest in a series of government watchdogs that will be removed in recent weeks.
However, the US State Department said that he would be replaced by Stephen Akard, director of the Office of Foreign Affairs.
On September 11, 2019, Ambassador Akard was confirmed by the Senate, February 90, to lead the Office of the Foreign Mission and we look forward to him leading the Office of the Inspector General, a representative of the Ministry. Diplomacy told the media.
Democratic lawmakers condemned the removal of Linick, with Eliot Engel, …
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