Over the weekend, Senator Mitt Romney (R-UT) criticized President Trump once again, this time regarding his decision to fire State Department Inspector General Steve Linick on Friday.
As per a statement released by the White House, Linick was fired from his position following a recommendation made by Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, while President Trump told Congress in a letter that he no longer has full confidence in the Inspector General.
Linick is the fourth Inspector General to be fired in less than two months, according to Newsweek.
Senator Romney, who is often highly critical of Trump, suggested in a statement posted to Twitter that Linnick was fired “without good cause” and is a “threat to accountable democracy.”
“The firings of multiple Inspectors General is unprecedented,” Romney tweeted on Saturday. “Doing so without good cause chills the independence essential to their purpose.”
“It is a threat to accountable democracy and a fissure in the constitutional balance of power,” he added. See Below
Mitt Romney’s Official Tweet
The firings of multiple Inspectors General is unprecedented; doing so
without good cause chills the independence essential to their purpose. It is a threat to accountable democracy and a fissure in the constitutional balance of power.
— Senator Mitt Romney (@SenatorRomney) May 16, 2020
After learning of Romney’s tweet, political analyst Mark Levin blasted the Senator as a “narcissist” who is trying to “rebuild his legacy with the DC media.”
“Romney condemns the removal of Obama holdover IGs as a threat to accountable democracy?” Levin questioned.
“It’s obvious. Romney is using the media’s hatred of the president to rebuild his legacy with the DC media,” he added. “That’s his audience. He’s a shallow and calculating lifelong politician — a narcissist.”
2. It’s obvious. Romney is using the media’s hatred of the president to rebuild his legacy with the DC media. That’s his audience. He’s a shallow and calculating lifelong politician — a narcissist.https://t.co/tCJTeM0OMV
— Mark R. Levin (@marklevinshow) May 17, 2020
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Following his firing, Linick has been described as an “Obama holdover” who was appointed by the former president in 2013, and was reportedly “under investigation” just last year for “mishandling sensitive material.”
As reported by the Daily Caller: “Two sources familiar with Linick’s ouster told the DCNF that while they were not certain of the precise reason that the watchdog was fired, he was under investigation last year by the Department of Defense’s inspector general for mishandling sensitive material. The sources spoke on the condition of anonymity because of the sensitivity of the matter.”
In ending, we leave you with Levin’s initial reaction to Linnick’s firing.
Good riddance to another Obama stiffhttps://t.co/ZVHLbGDDXZ
— Mark R. Levin (@marklevinshow) May 16, 2020