House Subpoenas State Dept. Officials Over Billion Dollar Saudi Arms Sale
House Democrats have subpoenaed four of Secretary of State Mike Pompeo’s top aides, accusing the Trump administration of stonewalling their investigation into the firing of former State Department Inspector General Steve Linick, according to The New York Times.
- Linick “appeared for a closed-door interview in the probe in June and told investigators that top department officials tried to bully him and dissuade his office from conducting a review of a multibillion-dollar arms sale to Saudi Arabia before he was fired.”
- The former IG also told congressional investigators that “he was looking into previously reported allegations that Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and his wife may have misused government staff to run personal errands and several other matters.”
- President Trump fired Linick “late on May 15 with what Linick said was no warning or cited cause.”
- On Monday, Democrats said they had issued subpoenas because officials were “refusing to negotiate in good faith.”
“That stonewalling has made today’s subpoenas necessary, and the committees will continue to pursue this investigation to uncover the truth that the American people deserve,” said House Foreign Affairs Committee Chairman Eliot Engel, D-N.Y., House Oversight and Reform Committee Chairwoman Carolyn Maloney, D-N.Y., and the top Democrat on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, New Jersey Sen. Robert Menendez.
- According to The Times, subpoenas were issued for “Under Secretary of State for Management Brian Bulatao, Acting State Department Legal Adviser Marik String, Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Political-Military Affairs Michael Miller and Senior Adviser Toni A. Porter.”