US President Donald Trump has notified Congress of his intention to dismiss the Inspector General of the US State Department, Steve Linick, who was appointed to this post in 2013 by the former head of state Barack Obama, according to Politico.
In a letter to the speaker of the House of Representatives, Nancy Pelosi, the US President, said that Linick no longer enjoys his “full confidence” and promised to submit to the Senate the nomination of a person who “meets all the qualifications.” According to the newspaper, by law, if the “Executive branch” plans to remove the Inspector General, it must notify Congress 30 days in advance.
Trump’s decision caused discontent among congressional Democrats. Eliot Engel, the Chairman of the house foreign Affairs Committee, said that in this way, “the President is trying to protect one of his most loyal supporters, the Secretary of state (Mike Pompeo) from being held accountable.” According to him, he “learned that the office of the Inspector General had launched an investigation into Secretary Pompeo.”
As the official representative of the state Department told the publication, Stephen Akard will lead the office of the Inspector General as an acting officer.