Trump fires 4th Inspector General because he opened an investigation into Secretary of State Mike Pompeo

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Slowly but surely the Trumpster is transforming the Executive Branch into his own personal army of jackbooted thugs and sycophants whose mission is to turn America into a right wing dictatorship.


State Department inspector general becomes the latest "Federal Agency Watchdog" fired by Trump

Donald Trump on Friday fired State Department Inspector General Steve Linick, the latest in a series of dismissals of independent government watchdogs that have come in the wake of the President's acquittal on articles of impeachment earlier this year.

Not long after Linick's firing was announced, the chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee said Linick had opened an investigation into Secretary of State Mike Pompeo. "I have learned that the Office of the Inspector General had opened an investigation into Secretary Pompeo," Engel said in his statement denouncing the firing.

A senior State Department official confirmed that Pompeo made the recommendation that Linick be removed, but the official did not know the reasons why. Requests for comment from the State Department Inspector General's office and the State Department itself regarding the investigation revealed by Engel were not returned Friday evening. Engel's office declined to provide further details about his statement regarding an investigation.

The inspector general investigation Engel referenced centers around possible misuse of a political appointee at the State Department to perform personal tasks for Pompeo and his wife, a Democratic congressional aide with knowledge of the investigation told CNN. A source close to Linick told CNN the allegation raised by the Democratic aide had previously been brought to Linick's office but was not aware of an official investigation being opened into the matter.

The firing comes as Trump continues his attacks on internal government oversight. The President has shown repeated hostility to any independent scrutiny from within the government, often targeting officials he sees as holdovers from President Barack Obama's administration or part of the so-called "deep state," which he believes is aligned against him.

A State Department spokesperson confirmed Linick's dismissal and said that Ambassador Stephen Akard, an ally of Vice President Mike Pence, will take on the role. Akard's ties to Pence, which date back to when he worked under then-Indiana Gov. Pence as the head of the Indiana Economic Development Corporation, have previously rankled former diplomats who see him as a part of the politicization of the State Department.

Read complete article at: https://www.cnn.com/2020/05/15/politics/state-department-inspector-general-fired/index.html
 

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Sounds like the guy was another in a long of ex Obama #resistance/coup guys. Real team player.
 

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Sounds like the guy was another in a long of ex Obama #resistance/coup guys. Real team player.
Departmental IGs are not intended to be team players. They are intended to take a critical stance toward the agencies they oversee.

You didn't seem to have a problem with him when he was criticizing Clinton, for instance:

 

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It appears a few IGs and others in positions of authority have a political agenda and are doing their part to “Resist”. It’s not like Pompeo thought this was going to happen without public attention and scrutiny.

The left has f’d themselves by resisting, deceiving, contriving, scheming, etc. at every opportunity. The general public has caught on and they either are for it or against it or discount it.

It is going to hurt the left in future elections.
 

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It’s fun to watch people like Cruze and WTF scramble during this time.
 

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I was on my high school debate team. (confession - I wasn't that good).

But I can tell you this:

If I had presented an argument that "I must be right, therefore my opponent must be wrong," the judges would have kicked my butt, at least rhetorically.

And that is what we get on this board about 95% of the time.

People begin with the notion that they are right, and that means by definition that anyone with a differing opinion must be wrong.

Folks - last time I checked, we are all human. There is a 100% possibility that everyone is wrong at least some of the time. But no one is seemingly willing to admit it, or even accept the notion that they might not be right 100% of the time.
 

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It appears a few IGs and others in positions of authority have a political agenda and are doing their part to “Resist”. It’s not like Pompeo thought this was going to happen without public attention and scrutiny.

The left has f’d themselves by resisting, deceiving, contriving, scheming, etc. at every opportunity. The general public has caught on and they either are for it or against it or discount it.

It is going to hurt the left in future elections.
Evidence?
 

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Departmental IGs are not intended to be team players. They are intended to take a critical stance toward the agencies they oversee.

You didn't seem to have a problem with him when he was criticizing Clinton, for instance:

Like anyone in the gov't does that.
 

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There's nothing new here. Presidents discarding disloyal bureaucrats is SOP. For example, Obama had major fights with IGs while in office, replaced all ambassadors on day one, replaced all Bush appointed U.S. attorneys in his first few months, and replaced dozens of military commanding officers his first few years. You could probably find this with most Presidents. It was surprising Trump didn't clean house more at the top right away upon taking office (maybe a major weakness of his being an outsider?).
 

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There's nothing new here. Presidents discarding disloyal bureaucrats is SOP. For example, Obama had major fights with IGs while in office, replaced all ambassadors on day one, replaced all Bush appointed U.S. attorneys in his first few months, and replaced dozens of military commanding officers his first few years. You could probably find this with most Presidents. It was surprising Trump didn't clean house more at the top right away upon taking office (maybe a major weakness of his being an outsider?).
The difference is that Trump, being non-establishment, didn’t have a boat-load of career Party operative administrators like typical establishment politicians do. People that glom on to the Party and the party’s functioning for career purposes.

That’s coming from a traditional conservative like me. It’s just a fact. When Obama won, he had the entire Democrat Party ready to jump into administrative and diplomatic roles. Much of the Republican Party was just trying to figure out wtf happened. Trump won?
 

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You got nothing and are talking out of your @ss. Got it.
Maybe it’s the Dems that are talking out their ass. The IG has never stated that he was investigating Pompeo. It was Dem Rep Eliot Engel that made that claim. That’s good enough for the MSM.

Maybe you and “the fellas“ ought to hold your water before you assume you know everything.

If it’s true, a new IG would be obligated to continue the investigation, so it doesn’t really makes sense that Pompeo would want to call this to the attention of the news media knowing that it wouldn’t go away. It makes complete sense that Eliot Engel would attempt to make a narrative public before there’s any evidence of it being true.
 

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It’s good to see the old KGF back. It was getting to the point where I thought beeg was multi handling. :):):)
 

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Let's say that you were looking for a job. One company had Trump, Pence, McDaniel, Jordan, and Nunes running the company. The other company had Biden, Pelosi, Perez, Waters, and Warren running that company. What company would you want to work at?
 

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There's nothing new here. Presidents discarding disloyal bureaucrats is SOP. For example, Obama had major fights with IGs while in office, replaced all ambassadors on day one, replaced all Bush appointed U.S. attorneys in his first few months, and replaced dozens of military commanding officers his first few years. You could probably find this with most Presidents. It was surprising Trump didn't clean house more at the top right away upon taking office (maybe a major weakness of his being an outsider?).
The difference is that according to the 2008 Inspector General Reform Act, Trump must provide written notice to Congress of the specific reasons for firing an IG and he hasn't done that, as Republican Senators have noted.
 

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The difference is that Trump, being non-establishment, didn’t have a boat-load of career Party operative administrators like typical establishment politicians do. People that glom on to the Party and the party’s functioning for career purposes.

That’s coming from a traditional conservative like me. It’s just a fact. When Obama won, he had the entire Democrat Party ready to jump into administrative and diplomatic roles. Much of the Republican Party was just trying to figure out wtf happened. Trump won?
I think there is something to this stance. Additionally, Trump really wasn't ready either. He really didn't expect to win. He fired his transition team and started over (or according to Steve Bannon it was Kushner). Left his second team scrambling to get a lot of stuff done.
 

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The left declared war at least 3.5 years ago, and it's time to declare war back. It's time to settle this divide once and for all, just like the Civil War.

When Trump's done, one of two things will happen. Either Trump permanently rids DC, the intel community, military, MSM, Lawfare Network, Hollywood, Universities, public schools, local/state governments of all the seditious/communists, and he writes the history books, or the left wins, they finish off the USA, they implement the Communist style surveilance state, the two tired society/justice system they want, & they write the history books.

Either way, the battle is going to get hotter in the next six months & I'm kind of looking forward to it. Pompeo, Barr, Trump, none of them are going anywhere & it doesn't matter what the left wants. Trump will win the presidency, or stay in office until the housecleaning is done & we will support him 100%. It's not just a 4 year election coming up, it's the existence of the country. Let's get it on!
 
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Here's another one: https://www.cbsnews.com/news/state-department-quashed-investigations-into-criminal-wrongdoing/

Face it. You completely made up the idea that Linick is doing anything that is politically motivated.
Made it up? I said it was a guess.

Here Is the definition of Guess:
estimate or suppose (something) without sufficient information to be sure of being correct

Having said that, your examples don’t prove that it isn’t political. It doesn’t prove anything other than he did he job in some cases.

But we still haven’t heard from the IG himself or know much about the situation, so it seems that you may be guessing too.
 

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The left declared war at least 3.5 years ago, and it's time to declare war back. It's time to settle this divide once and for all, just like the Civil War.

When Trump's done, one of two things will happen. Either Trump permanently rids DC, the intel community, military, MSM, Lawfare Network, Hollywood, Universities, public schools, local/state governments of all the seditious/communists, and he writes the history books, or the left wins, they finish off the USA, we implement the Communist style surveilance state, the two tired society/justice system they want, & they write the history books.

Either way, the battle is going to get hotter in the next six months & I'm kind of looking forward to it. Pompeo, Barr, Trump, none of them are going anywhere & it doesn't matter what the left wants. Trump will win the presidency, or stay in office until the housecleaning is done & we will support him 100%. It's not just a 4 year election coming up, it's the existence of the country. Let's get it on!
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