"That is no longer the case with regard to this Inspector General", the president added.
Linick-who played a small role in Trump's impeachment trial after providing House members documents that the president's personal lawyer, Rudy Giuliani, gave to the State Department-is the latest inspector general to be fired late by Trump.
An IG for any given government agency conducts investigations and audits into any potential malfeasance, fraud, waste, or abuse by that agency or its personnel, and issues reports and recommendations on its findings. In a letter to Congress, Trump said Linick, who had held the job since 2013, no longer had his full confidence and that his removal would take effect in 30 days. Mr. Atkinson had fast-tracked a whistleblower complaint previous year that kick-started a process leading to Mr. Trump's impeachment.
Linick is the latest in a string of officials in watchdog roles fired by the Trump administration.
A month earlier, the president ousted Michael Atkinson, the inspector general of the intelligence community, telling the leaders of two congressional committees that he had lost confidence in him. Linick is expected to leave his post then.
Schiff also cast the move as "another apparent act of retaliation and cover up to shield a loyal cabinet secretary from oversight and accountability".
It was his third abrupt dismissal of an official tasked with monitoring governmental wrongdoing since April. Engel suggested Linick was sacked in part in retaliation for opening an unspecified investigation into Pompeo.
Democrats in Congress immediately cried foul, with the chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee suggesting that Linick was sacked in part in retaliation for opening an unspecified investigation into Secretary of State Mike Pompeo. Robert Menendez, D-N.J., have told the Trump administration to preserve all records related to the Friday night removal of the inspector general. The White House did not immediately respond to an inquiry Friday night.
Technically, Trump only telegraphed his plan to axe Linick by mid June. In October, he hand-delivered a packet of information to congressional investigators, saying he thought it might help answer whether the president pressured Ukraine to investigate former Vice President Joe Biden and his son Hunter Biden.
"This President believes he is above the law".
Linick will be replaced by Stephen Akard, who has been the State Department's Director of Foreign Missions since September 2019. His office had criticized several Trump appointees for their treatment of career staff for apparently being insufficiently supportive of Trump and his policies.
Regardless of the genesis for Linick's soon-to-be let-go status, critics of the White House saw the career official's departure as more of the same sort of bad news from an administration increasingly emboldened and determined to squelch dissent among its ranks.
A close associate of Pence's, Akard had served as the director of worldwide development at the Indiana Economic Development Corp, in the state where Pence once was governor.
Akard was previously a career foreign service officer with the Department of State, holding various positions, including serving as a special assistant to Secretary of State Colin Powell in the Executive Secretariat; as a political officer and general services officer at the U.S. Embassy in Brussels; and as a consular officer at the U.S. Consulate General in Mumbai.