Lowey Statement on Trump's Late-Night Removal of State Department Inspector General Steve Linick

May 16, 2020
Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – Today, Congresswoman Nita Lowey (D-NY17/Rockland-Westchester), Chair of the House Appropriations Committee, issued the following statement after President Trump fired State Department Inspector General Steve Linick:

“While House Democrats were focused on passing The Heroes Act to provide widespread relief to American families and oversight of this critical government spending, President Trump was carrying out yet another shameful late-night attack against independent watchdogs, this time firing State Department Inspector General Steve Linick.

“Our foreign assistance programs are critical to supporting our national security and economic growth, and to helping promote democracy abroad. Mr. Linick was charged with providing independent oversight to ensure our programs are implemented with accountability and integrity and prevent the waste, fraud, and abuse of U.S. taxpayer dollars. This work is critical as the coronavirus pandemic continues to cause great harm to public health and economies all around the world.

“That Mr. Linick was fired, seemingly without warning, for carrying out this critical oversight function sends yet another chilling signal that the Trump Administration rejects basic democratic principles and further demonstrates its contempt for the public servants who seek to fulfill their Constitutional duties. As President Trump continues to downplay the severity of the pandemic and spread misinformation that could lead to preventable deaths, his own lack of accountability and mismanagement of executive power, including the firing of Mr. Linick, dangerously undermine our democracy at home and abroad.”