Inspectors General

JM Ashby
Written by JM Ashby

(Cartoonist - Nick Anderson)

In other news, the World Health Organization (WHO) says 106,000 additional coronavirus cases were reported in the last 24 hours which is the highest daily total yet.

Time to reopen!

Meanwhile, Trump is impotently threatening to withhold unspecified funds from the states of Michigan and Nevada because they're mailing absentee ballot applications to all voters. He literally has no power to do that.

Finally, Politico reports that fired State Department inspector general Steve Linick had just completed an investigation of two of Pompeo's staff who 'failed to report workplace violence' and -- checks notes -- carried a whip on the job?

The probe into Cam Henderson, who leads the department’s Office of Protocol, and a deputy of hers, Mary-Kate Fisher, could have been another factor in what Pompeo and his deputies have described as mounting frustration with the inspector general, Steve Linick, and might have contributed to the secretary’s push to oust him. [...]

Henderson took over as the chief of the Office of Protocol last summer, after her former boss, Sean Lawler, was pushed out. Some in that office accused Lawler of intimidating and harassing his staffers, and even carrying around a whip on the job.

The inspector general had investigated further claims that Henderson and Fisher, while working under Lawler, had violated State Department policy by not reporting allegations involving Lawler and workplace violence to higher-ups. The person said Linick’s office had determined that Henderson and Fisher likely had violated regulations and that the State Department should take appropriate action.

The key here may be that the Office of Protocol, where a staffer was allegedly carrying a whip, is the office that oversaw Pompeo's secret campaign dinners.

  • Aynwrong

    On the day that the highest number of new cases has yet been reported Trump is threatening to punish states that allow their constituency to vote in a perfectly legal manner. This is what’s on his so called mind.

    Is anyone in the media still waiting for the Tangerine Nightmare to pivot?

  • moldilox

    when a problem comes along, you must whip it …

    • gescove

      When something’s going wrong. You must whip it. Whip it good

    • Draxiar

      Whip it…into shape…shape it up…get straight…go forward…move ahead…try to detect it…it’s not too late…

      Now this song will be in my head the next three days.