Washington-On Wednesday, the U.S. State Department dismissed allegations that the Democrats improperly fired its independent inspector general and defended its arms sales to Saudi Arabia. In June, when he was fired, his office had been investigating Secretary of State Mike Pompeo’s emergency statement, which accelerated $8 billion in arms sales. Democrats and some Republicans complained that this move improperly bypassed Congress and that Linnick's expulsion was part of a "cover-up."
Three senior officials of the Ministry testified at the House Foreign Affairs Committee hearing on Wednesday that Pompeo has asked President Donald Trump to expel Linick for various management and moral violations. Previously, they accused him of not advancing the mission of the Ministry of Defense and leaked details about the detector. Linick was fired in May.
"If there is a valid reason," said R. Clarke Cooper, Assistant Secretary of State for Military and Political Affairs, "there is no disguise."
But the Democrats insisted that the charges against Linick were firing an independent The investigator's excuse after the fact that the investigator was investigating allegations that might embarrass Pompeo. Linick is also investigating complaints about Pompeo and his wife Susan improperly using department personnel to perform private tasks for them.
"The real concern we feel to the committee is that the firing of Mr. Linick is an abuse of power," Chairman Eliot Engel, DN.Y. "The fact is that we have to kick ourselves and yell, which makes me feel that the department has been trying to cover up the truth."
The meeting was a challenge for the Democratic-led House of Representatives during the election season. The Trump administration has documented its refusal to cooperate with oversight. Since Trump took office in 2017, this struggle has been unfolded in courts and congressional committees, especially during the investigation that led to the impeachment of the president by the House of Representatives and the acquittal of the Republican Senate.
Cooper, Brian Bulatao, U.S. Deputy Secretary-General for State Administration, and Marik String, the agency’s acting legal counsel, testified only after the committee prepared a subpoena to Pompeo .
Ligne’s expulsion was one of Trump’s dismissal of those responsible for preventing government fraud and abuse of power. A series of sudden removals involved members of Congress, including some Republicans, who questioned whether Trump is interfering with legal supervision.
State Department officials told the committee that Pompeo had taken appropriate action in all aspects. IG concluded that the arms sales did not violate the provisions of the law, but stated that the Ministry of Defense did not take sufficient action to limit civilian casualties.
Cooper agreed with this criticism, which was a rare recognition by the government.
"This is not only a discovery I accept, but also a discovery acceptable to me, my bureau, department and the current government. This is a problem we are working hard to solve before IG puts it into practice, and we will continue to solve this One question." The assembly stated
. Congress has urged the government to investigate the decision in May 2019 to continue sales of US$8 billion to Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and Jordan. In order to clear the opposition of lawmakers, the government declared the tension with Iran called a "national emergency."
Members of Congress have been preventing partial sales because it may lead to a human rights disaster in Yemen.
Associated Press diplomatic writer Matthew Lee contributed to this report.
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