Pelosi Statement on Late-Night Firing of State Department Inspector General

May 15, 2020
Press Release

Washington, D.C. – Speaker Nancy Pelosi issued this statement after the President fired State Department Inspector General Steve Linick:

“The President’s late-night, weekend firing of the State Department Inspector General has accelerated his dangerous pattern of retaliation against the patriotic public servants charged with conducting oversight on behalf of the American people.  Inspector General Linick was punished for honorably performing his duty to protect the Constitution and our national security, as required by the law and by his oath.

“It is concerning that the President has taken this action as the House passes The Heroes Act, which contains critical funding for the State Department IG to oversee and ensure the effective, wise spending of coronavirus response funds.  This firing will set back the important work of the Office of the Inspector General to perform critical audits, investigations and inspections of U.S. embassies and programs around the world during this crisis.

“The President must cease his pattern of reprisal and retaliation against the public servants who are working to keep Americans safe, particularly during this time of global emergency.”