Sen. Grassley: Firing State Dept. IG legal, but White House should’ve told Congress

File – Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) chairs the Senate Judiciary Committee. (Andrew Harnik/AP Photo)

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UPDATED 7:32 AM PT — Thursday, May 21, 2020

Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) said he expects the White House to explain the latest firing of State Department Inspector General Steve Linick.

On Wednesday, the Iowa Republican noted that President Trump should have notified Congress of Linick’s firing, which otherwise was perfectly legal.

“I don’t question the President’s ability to fire people he can appoint, but I do suggest that the law must be followed,” he stated.

This came after Democrats attacked the president by alleging a conflict of interest behind Linick’s dismissal.

Grassley also criticized — what he called — political appointees serving as acting inspectors general.

“I don’t question having acting IGs, but it shouldn’t be a political appointee,” he stated. “So, the law allows that to happen and I am working with a Democrat, that I’m not going to name, to hopefully get a law passed so that when we have an acting IG, we have somebody that does not have any political bias.”

The senator added that increased political bias in the U.S. government may hinder transparency and accountability at federal agencies.

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