Obama to nominate housing agency watchdog to be State IG

“Having pressed both the President and Secretary Kerry on this issue, I’m glad the President has finally decided to nominate someone to fill the vacant position of Inspector General,” he said in a statement. “I am puzzled as to why the President thought it was acceptable to have no top cop on the beat at the State Department for nearly 2,000 days, especially as the Office of the Inspector General is reviewing the Accountability Review Board’s (ARB) investigation of the deadly Benghazi attack and looking into allegations that senior political appointees unduly influenced internal investigations of administrative and criminal misconduct.”

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State Department spokesman Patrick Ventrell said as late as Wednesday that Secretary of State John Kerry and President Obama had "identified an excellent candidate" and looked forward to the nomination "becoming public after the vetting and paperwork process is complete." 

Linick was confirmed as inspector general of the Federal Housing Finance Agency in 2010.


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