Grassley Statement on Termination of State Dept. Inspector General
May 16, 2020
BUTLER COUNTY, IOWA – U.S. Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) today released the following statement regarding President Trump’s announced termination of State Department Inspector General Steve Linick:
“Here again, inspectors general are crucial in correcting government failures and promoting the accountability that the American people deserve. Mr. Linick led the State Dept. IG’s office after the position had been intentionally left vacant for the first four years of the Obama Administration. Although he failed to fully evaluate the State Department’s role in advancing the debunked Russian collusion investigation, those shortcomings do not waive the President’s responsibility to provide details to Congress when removing an IG. As I’ve said before, Congress requires written reasons justifying an IG’s removal. A general lack of confidence simply is not sufficient detail to satisfy Congress,” Grassley said.