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Trump may have acted unlawfully in firing State Department investigator, says Pelosi

May 18, 2020

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Donald Trump’s firing of the State Department’s top internal watchdog “could be unlawful” if it was intended to retaliate against one of his investigations, House speaker Nancy Pelosi said on Sunday.

Mr Trump ousted inspector general Steve Linick late on Friday, the fourth inspector general he has fired since early April, following his February acquittal by the Republican-controlled Senate in his impeachment trial.

“The president has the right to fire any federal employee, but the fact is if it looks like it’s in retaliation for something the IG, the inspector general, was investigating, that could be unlawful,” Ms Pelosi said on CNN’s State of the Union.

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