Pompeo Denies Firing of IG Was Political Retaliation, Claims He Wasn’t Aware of Investigation

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has now responded to the firing of State Department IG Steve Linick, confirming that he spoke with President Donald Trump about firing him but denying it was an act of political retaliation.

Multiple reports have come out saying that Linick was investigating Pompeo himself over — per NBC News — “whether Secretary of State Mike Pompeo made a staffer walk his dog, pick up his dry cleaning and make dinner reservations for Pompeo and his wife, among other personal errands, according to two congressional officials assigned to different committees.”

Linick was also reportedly looking at the sale of arms to Saudi Arabia and, as Politico reports, “A congressional aide said State Department officials were recently
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