Pompeo says agency watchdog leaving 'to go back home'

Pompeo says agency watchdog leaving 'to go back home'
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Secretary of State Mike PompeoMichael (Mike) Richard PompeoUS reimposes UN sanctions on Iran amid increasing tensions Sunday shows preview: Justice Ginsburg dies, sparking partisan battle over vacancy before election Trump steps up Iran fight in final election stretch MORE on Wednesday briefly addressed the resignation of the agency’s acting inspector general, saying Stephen Akard was leaving the agency “to go back home.”  

“He left to go back home. This happens. I don’t have anything more to add to that,” Pompeo said during a brief press conference Wednesday afternoon that was postponed from the morning.

Akard had moved into the position as acting inspector general following President TrumpDonald John TrumpBiden leads Trump by 36 points nationally among Latinos: poll Trump dismisses climate change role in fires, says Newsom needs to manage forest better Jimmy Kimmel hits Trump for rallies while hosting Emmy Awards MORE's dismissal of then-Inspector General Steve Linick, reportedly at Pompeo's urging, in May. 

Democrats are probing Linick’s ousting and whether it was related to at least two investigations involving the secretary, including whether he and his wife misused agency funds for personal use and Pompeo’s role in pushing through an executive order selling billions of dollars of weapons to Saudi Arabia without congressional oversight. 

The State Department said on Wednesday that Akard will return to the private sector and he will be replaced by his acting deputy, Diana Shaw.