The Future of Trump’s ‘America First’ Agenda Hangs on Pompeo’s Scandals


On Wednesday, Pompeo bluntly stated in a televised press conference that he had been wanting to fire Linick for quite a while, openly acknowledging that he had advised Trump to get rid of the one congressionally approved official charged with looking into fraud, waste and abuse at the agency Pompeo oversees.

Pompeo’s defiant and stunningly arrogant admission came on the heels of news reports that he pushed for Linick’s ouster in part because the inspector general’s investigation into controversial U.S. arms sales to Saudi Arabia was getting too close for comfort to the secretary of state and his inner circle.

Given Pompeo’s presidential ambitions, and all that is at stake for the future of American diplomacy, it is imperative that Congress and the press, as well as civil society organizations committed to government oversight, are more aggressive in their scrutiny of the record of what went down with that “emergency” Saudi arms deal, which bypassed Congress.

Source: The Future of Trump’s ‘America First’ Agenda Hangs on Pompeo’s Scandals

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