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Pompeo urged firing of inspector
Posted by: Ombligo
Date: May 17, 2020 06:13AM
Secretary of State Mike Pompeo was behind the firing of the State Department Inspector General. The inspector was investigating claims that Pompeo was misusing department personnel for personal matters. President Trump abruptly fired the inspector after being urged to do so by Pompeo.

“Secretary Pompeo recommended the move, and President Trump agreed,” a White House official said.


[www.cnbc.com]


Good thing there was no conflict of interest



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Re: Pompeo urged firing of inspector
Posted by: pdq
Date: May 17, 2020 08:32AM
I read a description in the paper today, something to the effect of “Inspector generals, while part of the executive branch, are ostensibly independent”.

How quaint. That was the America we knew. Now if you’re a member of this administration, and you’ve done something either small or large, whether unprecedented or just usual misbehaviors that have attracted the attention of our supposed watchdogs, you just go to the boss and get that watchdog fired.

The executive branch has become deeply, deeply broken.
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Re: Pompeo urged firing of inspector
Posted by: graylocks
Date: May 17, 2020 08:45AM
so, is it that the administration thinks no one will notice or that no one can stop them even if they did notice?



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Re: Pompeo urged firing of inspector
Posted by: mstudio
Date: May 17, 2020 09:14AM
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graylocks
so, is it that the administration thinks no one will notice or that no one can stop them even if they did notice?

They don't care if anyone notices and even though someone can do something, they know no one will.
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Re: Pompeo urged firing of inspector
Posted by: pdq
Date: May 17, 2020 09:23AM
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mstudio
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graylocks
so, is it that the administration thinks no one will notice or that no one can stop them even if they did notice?

They don't care if anyone notices and even though someone can do something, they know no one will.

Well, the House has already called for investigations. Individual senators (including Mitt Romney) have expressed grave concerns.

If you mean McConnell and the rest of the GOP establishment could do something and won’t, I agree. But even if the House were to subpoena Pompeo, he wouldn’t show up. Such is the state of the rule of law these days.
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Re: Pompeo urged firing of inspector
Posted by: rjmacs
Date: May 17, 2020 01:01PM
Much like society at large, the civil service operates on a tenuous mix of laws, regulations, and tradition.

As we have learned in this administration, tradition is not enforceable, and a decades-long record of administrative independence by inspectors general counts for squat. Just like the tradition of allowing a president to nominate supreme court justices upon a vacancy.



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Re: Pompeo urged firing of inspector
Posted by: sekker
Date: May 17, 2020 03:32PM
Seems like this is a great place to start digging for clandestine operations. If Pompeo says ‘don’t look here’, might just be a place to dig.
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Re: Pompeo urged firing of inspector
Posted by: RgrF
Date: May 17, 2020 06:17PM
Digging requires tools, at bare minimum a shovel, who will provide those tools? Congress is impotent and the DOJ is compromised - the only tool available will be at the ballot box and you can believe they'll pull out all stops to damage that tool.
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Re: Pompeo urged firing of inspector
Posted by: rjmacs
Date: May 18, 2020 10:14AM
"Vote."



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