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Congressional insiders say that Linick had opened an investigation of Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, and Rep. Eliot L. Engel (D-N.Y.), chairman of the House Committee on Foreign Affairs, said "Linick’s firing amid such a probe strongly suggests that this is an unlawful act of retaliation."
A Democratic congressional aide said Linick had launched an investigation into Pompeo’s alleged misuse of a political appointee to perform personal tasks for him and Mrs. Pompeo. The State Department did not respond to an inquiry about the allegation.
Linick played a minor role in the House of Representatives' impeachment proceedings against Trump, ferrying a trove of documents to lawmakers that had been provided to the State Department by Rudy Giuliani, the president's personal lawyer.
A State Department spokesperson said that Amb. Stephen Akard, a former career Foreign Service officer and "an ally of Vice President Pence," will now lead the Office of the Inspector General at the State Department in an acting capacity.