May 16, 2020 / 10:18 PM / 11 days ago

White House says Trump fired State Dept watchdog at Pompeo's request

WASHINGTON, May 16 (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump fired the State Department’s inspector general following a recommendation by U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, the White House said on Saturday.

“Secretary Pompeo recommended the move, and President Trump agreed,” a White House official said after two top Democrats announced a probe into the Republican president’s Friday night firing of the department’s internal watchdog, Steve Linick. (Reporting by Jeff Mason; writing by Susan Heavey; Editing by David Gregorio)

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