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Grassley says White House response on IG firings insufficient

May 27, 2020
Seung Min Kim | The Washington Post
A senior Senate Republican criticized the White House late Tuesday for what he deemed an insufficient response to demands from senators to more fully explain President Trump’s controversial recent ousters of two inspectors general.
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Pompeo Declined Interview Request From Inspector General About Saudi Arms Sales

May 20, 2020
David Sanger, Edward Wong | The New York Times
Secretary of State Mike Pompeo declined an interview request for the State Department inspector general’s inquiry into whether the Trump administration acted illegally in declaring an “emergency” to bypass a congressional freeze on arms sales to Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates, according to three people with knowledge of his actions.
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Saudi arms sale was a second area of investigation for fired State Department watchdog

May 19, 2020
Josh Lederman , Andrea Mitchell, Haley Talbot | NBC News
Ousted State Department Inspector General Steve Linick was investigating Secretary of State Mike Pompeo’s decision to greenlight arms sales to Saudi Arabia against the will of Congress when he was abruptly removed from his post, congressional officials tell NBC News.
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GOP unmoved by uproar over Trump's latest removal of key government watchdog

May 19, 2020
Manu Raju, Jeremy Herb | CNN
Many top Republicans in Congress are backing President Donald Trump amid the uproar caused by his announcement late Friday that he would fire State Department Inspector General Steve Linick, who was investigating Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, the latest in a string of watchdogs he's removed.
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Fired State Department watchdog was probing whether Pompeo made staffer walk his dog, pick up laundry

May 18, 2020
Josh Lederman , Andrea Mitchell | NBC News
The State Department inspector general who was removed from his job Friday was looking into 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.
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State Department inspector general becomes the latest watchdog fired by Trump

May 16, 2020
Manu Raju, Vivian Salama, Zachary Cohen, Jennifer Hansler, Veronica Stracqualursi, Kylie Atwood | CNN
President 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.
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State Dept. Tells Americans to Avoid Cruise Ships, Despite Trump’s Misgivings

March 9, 2020
Maggie Haberman, Noah Weiland | The New York Times
The State Department on Sunday advised Americans against traveling on cruise ships, warning that they presented a higher risk of coronavirus infection and made U.S. citizens vulnerable to possible international travel restrictions, including quarantines.
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Killing of Soleimani follows long push from Pompeo for aggressive action against Iran, but airstrike brings serious risks

January 6, 2020
Josh Dawsey, John Hudson, Shane Harris, Dan Lamothe | The Washington Post
The secretary also spoke to President Trump multiple times every day last week, culminating in Trump’s decision to approve the killing of Iran’s top military commander, Maj. Gen. Qasem Soleimani, at the urging of Pompeo and Vice President Pence, the officials said, speaking on the condition of anonymity to discuss internal deliberations.
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State Department watchdog to brief Congress

October 2, 2019
Nancy Cordes | CBS News
In the impeachment inquiry, House Democrats are trading angry charges with Secretary of State Mike Pompeo. Democrats say the secretary could be involved in a "blatant cover-up and a clear abuse of power,” after Pompeo accused them of trying to intimidate State Department officials into testifying.
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