Removed watchdog was looking into whether Pompeo made staffer perform personal errands: reports

Source: The Hill | May 18, 2020 | Justin Wise

President Trump reportedly removed a State Department inspector general who was reviewing whether Secretary of State Mike Pompeo made a member of his staff perform personal errands.

Two congressional officials assigned to separate committees told NBC News that Steve Linick was investigating whether Pompeo made the staffer walk his dog, pick up dry cleaning and arrange dinner reservations, among other tasks, for the Trump administration Cabinet member and his wife. The officials noted that they are in currently in the process of finding out if Linick had any other ongoing probes into Pompeo. The Washington Post reported on the details as well. 

The staffer who reportedly performed the errands is a political appointee who served as a staff assistant, the officials added. 

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The House first obtained information about Linick’s probe of Pompeo after Trump announced his removal, NBC News noted. 

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An anonymous White House official told multiple news outlets over the weekend that Trump fired Linick after Pompeo “recommended” the move.

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