Fired watchdog tells Congress he informed top officials about probe into Pompeo and wife

Politics 2020/6/5

WASHINGTON — Fired State Department Inspector General Steve Linick told Congress in a private interview Wednesday that before he was ousted, he had informed at least three top aides to Secretary of State Mike Pompeo that he was reviewing Pompeo´s and his wife´s use of government resources, two lawmakers told NBC News.

The revelation potentially undercuts Pompeo´s claim to have been unaware that Linick was looking into that issue when he asked President Donald Trump to fire Linick.

Pompeo has said Linick´s firing couldn´t have been retaliation because he had "no sense of what investigations were taking place inside the inspector general´s office."

Fired watchdog tells Congress he informed top officials about probe into Pompeo and wife

Image: Steve Linick (Jonathan Ernst / Reuters file)

But Linick told congressional committees investigating his ouster that months earlier, he had told Undersecretary of State Brian Bulatao, Executive Secretary Lisa Kenna and Deputy Secretary Stephen Biegun about what Linick described as a "review of use of resources by Pompeo and his wife," according to one of the lawmakers who participated in the interview.

Linick also told Congress that before he was fired, he had also submitted a formal document request for records related to Pompeo´s and his wife´s use of resources. Document requests are a standard element of an investigati

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