Donald Trump fired Obama-era State Department Inspector General Steve Linick on the spot on Friday night, causing Democrats to explode in rage. Trump, in a letter notifying Congress of the decision, said he “no longer” had the “fullest confidence” in the Obama appointee, who was installed in the position in 2013.
Trump did not disclose any further details behind his reason for firing Linick, but told Congress that he will rapidly nominate a new watchdog that “has my confidence and who meets the appropriate qualifications.”
Democrats immediately began calling for an investigation into the matter, with House Foreign Affairs Committee Chairman Eliot Engel (D-NY) claiming that Linick’s firing is an “unlawful act of retaliation” after Linick allegedly opened an investigation into Secretary of State Mike Pompeo.
Engel promised that “I will be looking into this matter in greater detail.” House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) echoed Engel’s sentiments, releasing a statement accusing Trump of perpetuating a “dangerous pattern of retaliation against the patriotic public servants charged with conducting oversight on behalf of the American people.”
What House Democrats and talking heads won’t tell you is that, according to The Daily Caller News Foundation, Linick has been suspected of mishandling sensitive information since last year. The DCNF reported on Friday:
Two sources familiar with Linick’s ouster told the DCNF that while they were not certain of the precise reason that the watchdog was fired, he was under investigation last year by the Department of Defense’s inspector general for mishandling sensitive material.
The real reason Democrats want to go after Trump for firing Linick — despite credible evidence of misconduct — because Linick had a hand in the failed impeachment push.
The Daily Wire reported that “Linick attempted to play a role in the impeachment of President Donald Trump last year by approaching Congress with information that he appeared to think was relevant—it was not.”
The dossier that Linick delivered to House investigators during the impeachment process turned out to be unhelpful and irrelevant. Rep. Jamie Raskin (D-MD) said at the time that “It raises more questions than it answers. The inspector general had no idea where it came from. There’s nothing in here that I think is directly relevant to the president’s impeachable conduct.”
Given Linick’s history of actively attempting to undermine President Trump with bogus claims, it’s a wonder that Trump didn’t replace him sooner. And not to worry, Speaker Pelosi — The State Department has already lined up a temporary State Department Inspector General to make sure there are no gaps in oversight.