Linick had also issued several reports that criticized actions taken during the Trump administration, including a hiring freeze under Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and a decision by Tillerson adviser Brian Hook, now the USA envoy for Iran, to dismiss a staffer who was perceived by some officials as opposing Trump's agenda.
"We unalterably oppose the politically-motivated firing of inspectors general and the President's gutting of these critical positions". Instead, White House adviser Peter Navarro downplayed Linick's removal and said that the supposed "deep state" has caused a number of problems and those who are not loyal to Trump and the administration must be removed.
Engel, who heads the House Foreign Affairs Committee, and Menendez, the top Democrat on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, requested that the White House and State Department turn over records related to Linick's dismissal.
Mr Engel said in a statement reported first by the Washington Post: "It is troubling that Secretary Pompeo wanted Mr Linick pushed out before this work could be completed". A holdover from the Obama administration, Linick came forward last October with a mysterious dossier, which allegedly revealed an effort by Trump lawyer Rudy Giuliani to push the State Department to investigate Joe Biden's business dealings in Ukraine.
Bulatao claimed that Linick had declined to refer a leak investigation to the Council of Inspectors General on Integrity and Efficiency, so that another agency's watchdog could investigate.
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Democrats say Mr Trump is retaliating against public servants who want to hold his administration to account.
"It is not possible that this decision, or my recommendation rather, to the president rather, was based on any effort to retaliate for any investigation that was going on, or is now going on", Pompeo was quoted as saying by the Post.
Trump also took steps to remove Glenn Fine, who has been the acting inspector general for the Defense Department since before Trump took office, so that he could not be installed as the leader of an oversight panel created to keep tabs on how the president's administration spends trillions of dollars in pandemic relief approved by Congress.
Linick will replaced by Stephen Akard, a former career foreign service officer who has close ties to Vice President Mike Pence, said the official, who was not authorized to discuss the matter publicly and spoke on condition of anonymity.
The same State Department watchdog fired Friday by President Trump was the target of an earlier accusation that he engaged in partisan politics - from Hillary Clinton when she was running for president in 2016. Congressional investigators probed a separate whistleblower complaint that Pompeo had used taxpayer-funded Diplomatic Security agents to run personal errands for him, according to CNN.
Trump has been taking aim lately at inspectors general.