This video from the USA says about itself:
Trump Fires His Fourth Inspector General, This One Investigating Saudi Arms Sales | MSNBC
President Donald Trump has fired the State Department watchdog Steve Linick, at the recommendation of Secretary of State Mike Pompeo. Linick was investigating Pompeo’s decision to greenlight arms sales to Saudi Arabia, despite bipartisan congressional opposition to doing so. The IG was also investigating whether Pompeo was using a political appointee to perform tasks like walking his dog and making dinner reservations. Commentators say this is yet another strike at government oversight. Aired on 5/18/2020.
HOUSE DEMS: OUSTED WATCHDOG WAS PROBING SAUDI ARMS SALE The State Department inspector general fired by Trump was reportedly investigating why Pompeo fast-tracked more than $8 billion in weapons to Saudi Arabia and its allies and whether Pompeo made a staffer run personal errands for him. Steve Linick was reportedly probing the arms deal because of lawmakers’ frustration that it was carried out without normal congressional oversight. [HuffPost]
From daily The Morning Star in Britain, 19 May 2020:
Pompeo denies politically motivated sacking over Saudi arms probe
A US INSPECTOR general who was abruptly sacked on Friday was investigating Secretary of State Mike Pompeo’s approval of Saudi arms sales against the will of Congress, it has emerged.
It is the second investigation by State Department official Steve Linick to have been made public since he was removed from his post by President Donald Trump.
POMPEO ASKED TRUMP TO FIRE INSPECTOR GENERAL Secretary of State Mike Pompeo asked Trump to fire State Department Inspector General Steve Linick, Trump acknowledged. Pompeo said he had made the request because Linick’s work was “undermining” the department’s mission. “I never even heard of him,” Trump said, adding that Pompeo should have fired Linick a long time ago, since “he’s an Obama appointment, and he had some difficulty.” [HuffPost]
TRUMP WANTS POMPEO TO WORK, NOT ‘WASH DISHES’ IF HIS WIFE ISN’T AROUND Trump apparently expects Mike Pompeo’s wife to wash the dishes in the Pompeo household. And when his family isn’t around, it’s apparently OK for Pompeo to use taxpayer-funded federal employees — including the Secret Service — to do his domestic chores, Trump said. “I’d rather have him [Pompeo] on the phone with some world leader than have him wash dishes because maybe his wife isn’t there or his kids aren’t there … it’s so stupid,” Trump said. [HuffPost]
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