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1. The following are excerpts from an article, by Conor Finnegan and Benjamin Siegel, dated 16 May 2020, under the headline "Trump fires IG said to be investigating Pompeo, involved in impeachment probe" and subheading "Inspector General Steve Linick will be replaced by a Trump appointee".|
The White House fired the State Department Inspector General late Friday, according to a State Department spokesperson and a senior congressional aide -- the latest senior U.S. official involved in the impeachment probe into President Donald Trump to be forced out by his administration.
The inspector general, who acts as an independent watchdog responsible for investigating the agency, was investigating Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, according to the chair of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, Rep. Eliot Engel, D-NY.
Pompeo recommended to Trump that inspector general Steve Linick be fired and supported the president's decision, a senior State Department official told ABC News.
"The President's late-night, weekend firing of the State Department Inspector General has accelerated his dangerous pattern of retaliation against the patriotic public servants charged with conducting oversight on behalf of the American people," Speaker Nancy Pelosi said in a statement released Friday evening. "Inspector General Linick was punished for honorably performing his duty to protect the Constitution and our national security, as required by the law and by his oath."
Under Linick, the inspector general's office had repeatedly found fault with the Trump administration's handling of the agency, especially the treatment of career staff and its efforts to remodel its workforce, including through a damaging hiring freeze....
He is the latest official involved in the House probe to be fired after Trump's effort to withhold military aid and a White House meeting in exchange for a Ukrainian investigation into former Vice President Joe Biden resulted in his impeachment.
But Engel seemed to suggest another reason Linick was ousted, saying late Friday that Linick's office "had opened an investigation into Secretary Pompeo" and that his firing "amid such a probe strongly suggests that this is an unlawful act of retaliation."
"This firing is the outrageous act of a President trying to protect one of his most loyal supporters, the Secretary of State, from accountability," added Engel, accusing Trump of "systematically remov[ing] the official independent watchdogs from the Executive Branch."...
Linick played a more minor role in the impeachment probe. As ABC News was first to report in October, he requested an urgent meeting with senior lawmakers during the probe to turn over documents his office obtained. Those papers, later confirmed to come largely from Trump's personal lawyer Rudy Giuliani, showed what one senior State Department official called a disinformation campaign that smeared U.S. ambassador to Ukraine Marie Yovanovitch, which appeared to have led to her firing. They also included false claims about Biden, his son Hunter, and the Ukrainian energy company Burisma, whose board Hunter sat on....
Under Linick, the State Department Inspector General's office has repeatedly criticized the agency and its Trump leadership for poor performance. Last November, it found that senior Trump appointees improperly retaliated against a career civil servant over her perceived nationality and political beliefs.
Last August, it said senior political appointees in charge of one bureaus treated employees in a "harsh and aggressive manner" and created a "negative and 'vindictive' environment."... (End excerpts)
2. Such a lawless act by Trump is a clear admission of guilt or covering up a wrongdoing. If this is done by the leader of China or any country, the newspaper headline in the West will not be "Chinese leader fires… “ but “Chinese leader admits to ..." Major Western media outlets and US allies, however, still give the US emperor and his eunuchs the privilege of wearing no clothes in a world of make-believe that they are wearing the best clothes on earth.