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Mike Pompeo acted properly in approving arms sale to Saudi

Mike Pompeo acted properly in approving arms sale to Saudi”

The top Democrat with oversight of the State Department said Tuesday that a watchdog report makes clear that Secretary of State Mike Pompeo abused his authority to push through billions of dollars in arms sales to allies in the Middle East without the approval of Congress.

The State Department's internal watchdog has found that Secretary of State Mike Pompeo did not act improperly a year ago when he approved billions of dollars in arms sales to Saudi Arabia without the consent of Congress. Linick's firing only added to congressional concerns that the administration acted to protect the arms sales.

Lawmakers had blocked some of the sales from concern that the Raytheon smart bombs and other equipment might contribute to the humanitarian catastrophe amid Yemen's civil war.

The State Department said in a statement released Monday that the Office of Inspector General's (OIG) report represented a vindication for the department and that it had abided by the law.

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The Inspector General's report on the investigation has concluded that the State Department had "acted in complete accordance with the law and found no wrongdoing in the administration exercise of the emergency authorities that are available under the arms export control act", the senior official told reporters, speaking on condition of anonymity.

It said while it conducted 46 interviews with "Department stakeholders", efforts to interview Pompeo on the matter were fruitless.

Back in May 2019, the administration elected to declare an emergency due to security threats from Iran "allowing for expedited transfers of $8 billion in USA -made weapons to Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates" which passed after the president vetoed congressional resolutions against the sales.

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Linick had initiated the investigation into the Saudi arms sales at the request of Congress.

But the department began work on an emergency certification in early April, according to an un-redacted version of the unclassified report, which was transmitted to Congress but not shared publicly.

"Mrs. Pompeo presents tremendous raise to our diplomatic mission by conference with spouses of new worldwide service officers, talking to households headed abroad for to start with-time assignments, and generating guaranteed that overseas diplomats and their spouses are normally treated with kindness and heat, reflecting the very best custom of The united states".

The Saudi-led coalition has repeatedly come under fire over its air war in Yemen by human rights groups and the United Nations.

In the face of Democrats' outrage Tuesday, Pompeo again said the report had "fully vindicated" him and his staff, turning as he has repeatedly to attack Democratic lawmakers: "I'm sorry that @RepEliotEngel and @SenatorMenendez misuse their committees for political games", he tweeted.

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo speaks the press conference at the State Department in Washington on May 20, 2020.

Linick was sacked while his office was probing the legality of the arms sales, and while President Donald Trump said he dismissed the watchdog because he lost confidence in him and Pompeo accused the inspector general of undermining the work of the State Department, his dismissal sparked an outcry, chiefly among Democrat lawmakers.



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