Schumer: Trump Fired State Department Inspector General Because He Does Not Want to Hear the Truth

Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) says President Donald Trump fires inspectors general “when he hears the truth” instead of taking action based on their reports.

Trump drew criticism after he fired State Department Inspector General Steve Linick last week, as IJR reported. Linick was the fourth inspector general to be removed in six weeks. 

“Unfortunately … it seems to be what the president does when he hears the truth,” Schumer said during an appearance on ABC’s “The View” on Thursday. “Instead of listening to it and adapting to it, he fires people.”

“When the president doesn’t listen to the truth, we all get hurt,” he added.

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On Friday, Trump sent a letter to Congressional leaders to inform them that he would remove Linick from his position. Trump said he had lost confidence in Linick to do his job. 

Shortly after the news that Trump removed Linick from his position, it was reported that he was investigating Secretary of State Mike Pompeo — which led Democrats to suggest that the removal may have been in retaliation for Linick’s investigation. 

Pompeo said he recommended that Linick be fired, “I recommended to the president that Steve Linick be terminated. Frankly, should have done it some time ago.”

However, Pompeo insisted that he was not aware Linick was investigating at the time. He added, “It’s not possible for there to have been retaliation.”

Schumer said he wants to an investigation into the matter, “I don’t know of their truth, but I certainly want an independent watchdog to investigate.”

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) also weighed in and called Linick’s removal “scandalous.”

“Let’s see how this unfolds,” Pelosi said, adding, “But what it is that we know so far is scandalous.”


  1. I was under the impression that Schmuckie and The Bride thought any and all investigations during this pandemic were a waste of time and resources.
    Oh that’s right Democrats want to investigate the President so it’s all good. Carry-on patriots.

  2. Trump is the boss. The Obama losers can go find work elseware. That’s why politicians hate having a businessperson in charge. They have to actually produce of get canned. .

  3. If Schumer and Pelosi are for him (Linick) then President Trump should be “agin” him. He’s an Obama holdover. Should have been gone a long time ago. It’s called draining the swamp.

  4. Sadly Obama holdovers like Linick can’t be trusted. Unlike Conservative hold-overs, Leftist holdovers are untrustworthy and downright dangerous. It sounds like Linick had been on their radar for a while because there are multiple infractions being put in writing but the so called investigation into Pompeo wasn’t one of them. They claim to have been unaware of it when they started the process of ridding the department of Linick. The investigation into Pompeo won’t stop or even slow down with Linick gone. I assume Linick’s department is full of swamp creatures so they probably do too. They are correct to be highly suspicious of any and all Obama holdovers. They are not nice people and they play dirty.

  5. THE RECTUM-IN-CHIEF, trumphisamurderingdeadbeat, is just being himself : full of shit he hides the truth with.

    1. Comical as your comment has the grammar of a fifth grader. Get out of the basement once in a while and get some sun.

      1. Don’t be so harsh. My 4th grade grandson can do better. Minus the silly vulgarity which “it” seems to take pleasure in writing. Syntax is a foreign word to many liberals.

        1. People who criticize syntax should not use sentence fragments in their arguments…

    2. Notice, john, how your detractors have nothing interesting or pertinent to say about your comments? They always use ad hominem attacks as a way of showing that they have run out of argument. They don’t know what else to do. One COULD say that you confused them.

  6. “Linick was the fourth inspector general to be removed in six weeks.” Article

    And what does that infer to Cult-45? They don’t care what infer even means, so nothing.

    So let me be more clear. This is what fascists DO! Get rid of someone who is doing his job properly and replace him with a sychophant who will NEVER hold officials accountable.

    Accept it. This “we are the party of law & order” is a sham pulled by the American Fascist Party. And you fell for it. Fools.

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