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House postpones testimony from key Pompeo aide about IG firing

House postpones testimony from key Pompeo aide about IG firing

The House Foreign Affairs Committee has postponed the testimony of Brian Bulatao, the undersecretary of State for management, which was scheduled for Thursday. 

The committee was scheduled to hold a hearing with Bulatao as part of its investigation into the firing of State Department Inspector General (IG) Steve Linick.

Bulatao was a key figure in the ouster of Linick, whom President TrumpDonald John TrumpBiden adds to vote margin over Trump after Milwaukee County recount Krebs says allegations of foreign interference in 2020 election 'farcical'  Republicans ready to become deficit hawks again under a President Biden MORE said he fired at the request of Secretary of State Mike PompeoMichael (Mike) Richard PompeoBiden faces challenges, opportunities in Middle East O'Brien on 2024 talk: 'There's all kinds of speculation out there' Israeli military instructed to prepare for Trump strike on Iran: report MORE. Linick was investigating the use of government resources for personal errands by Pompeo and his wife as well as an $8 billion arms deal to Saudi Arabia. 

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The State Department told the committee on Wednesday that it had received the IG's report about the administration’s emergency declaration used to ram through $8 billion in arms sales last year. The committee is delaying the hearing to allow the department to review the report. 

Bulatao will appear before the committee later this month, the panel's Democratic chairman, Rep. Eliot EngelEliot Lance EngelMeet the three Democrats who could lead foreign affairs in the House Trump relents as GSA informs Biden transition to begin Dozens of progressive groups endorse Joaquin Castro for Foreign Affairs chair MORE (N.Y.), said in a statement.  

“Despite the Department’s earlier unconditional offer for Mr. Bulatao’s testimony, I’ve decided to postpone the proceeding,” Engel said.

Democrats have suggested that Linick’s firing was in retaliation for his investigations into Pompeo.

Linick testified in front of House lawmakers earlier this month, where he said Bulatao was attempting to “bully” him over the arms deal investigation and delivered the news to him that he was fired.