In a media briefing on Wednesday, SecState Mike Pompeo slammed Sen. Bob Menendez (pictured), who is believed to be promoting a narrative of wrongdoing within the Trump administration and the State Dept. after the firing of Inspector General Steve Linick.
“[H]ere’s the last thing to think about as you see these stories that have been leaked to you all — to the press,” Pompeo said. “This is all coming through the office of Senator Menendez. I don’t get my ethics guidance from a man who was criminally prosecuted. Case #15-155, New Jersey Federal District Court.
“A man for whom his Senate colleagues, bipartisan, said that basically, he was taking bribes,” he added. “That’s not someone who I look to for ethics guidance.
“So, I’ll continue to do the right thing to make sure the State Department is served by every employee, including our inspector general,” Pompeo continued.
“And we’ll make sure the State Department continues to deliver on behalf of the American people.”