The Associated Press reports:
The State Department’s acting inspector general resigned abruptly on Wednesday following the firing of his predecessor in circumstances now being investigated by Congress.
Stephen Akard announced his resignation just two days after Democrats issued subpoenas for several of Secretary of State Mike Pompeo’s top aides to answer questions about the shakeup in the watchdog’s office.
The department said Akard would return to the private sector but offered no other reason for his departure. Democrats have alleged that Pompeo sought the ouster of Akard’s predecessor, Stephen Linick, because Linick was investigating allegations of impropriety by Pompeo.
SCOOP: The internal State Department watchdog who Trump installed after the abrupt firing of the previous IG has resigned, per internal document, marking another significant shakeup for an office sworn to root out malfeasance and wrong doing https://t.co/XQ50tRdqJq
— John Hudson (@John_Hudson) August 5, 2020
This doesn't smell right
Acting State Dept IG resigns less than three months after his predecessor was fired. All of this is happening while the IG office is investigating Pompeo and his wife 🤔https://t.co/P2fiIlvDFk
— Chris Lu (@ChrisLu44) August 5, 2020