NBC News reports:
A Democrat aide told NBC news the inspector general “was looking into the Secretary’s misuse of a political appointee at the Department to perform personal tasks for himself and Mrs. Pompeo.” Pompeo is married to Susan Pompeo, who’s been known to travel with the Secretary of State and was listed as “Special Assistant to the Secretary of State” at a security conference in Germany earlier this year.
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi described the removal of Linick as a wee-hours firing by Trump that appears to be retaliation for State Department Inspector General Steve Linick’s critical eye within the department. Last year a report by Linick’s office found there was evidence to support allegations that the termination of an employee in the Secretary of State’s office was made “after significant discussion concerning the employee’s perceived national origin.”
Pompeo has reportedly ordered the employee to walk his dog and pick up dry cleaning, among other personal errands.