Why Did the Trump Administration Fire the State Department Inspector General? Hearing Before the Committee on Foreign Affairs, House of Representatives, One Hundred Sixteenth Congress, Second Session, September 16, 2020   [open pdf - 2MB]

This is the September 16, 2020 hearing on "Why Did the Trump Administration Fire the State Department Inspector General?" held before the U.S. House Committee on Foreign Affairs. From the opening statement of Eliot Engel: "On the evening of May 15th, a Friday, the President notified Speaker Pelosi that he was removing the State Department Inspector General [IG] Steve Linick. The law requires 30 days notice to fire an IG, so Mr. Linick's last day was technically June 14th. The President and the Secretary, however, violated the spirit of the law by immediately placing Mr. Linick on leave, and locking him out of both his office and his email. In the days that followed, both the President and Secretary Pompeo made clear that the firing came at Mr. Pompeo's urging. I predict that today we may hear the refrain repeated that the President has the power to fire an inspector general whenever he wants to, so long as he provides the reason for the firing to Congress." Statements, letters, and materials submitted for the record include those of the following: Brian Bulatao, Marik String, and R. Clarke Cooper.

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Serial No. 116-117
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