U.S. State Department says IG found U.S. arms sales to Saudi did not break law - official

By Humeyra Pamuk and Patricia Zengerle WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A final report by the office of the State Department Acting Inspector General found Secretary of State Mike Pompeo's emergency certification on arms sales to Gulf Arab states including Saudi Arabia last year did not break the law, a senior department official said on Monday. The official's comments - made before the report was made public - came after President Donald Trump abruptly fired then-Inspector General Steve Linick, who was looking into Pompeo's certification, in May. Linick was succeeded by Stephen Akard, who resigned from his post last week after recusing himself from the arms sales investigation.

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U.S. State Department says IG found U.S. arms sales to Saudi did not break law - official

US State Department says IG found US arms sales to Saudi did not break law  official

By Humeyra Pamuk and Patricia Zengerle

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A final report by the office of the State Department Acting Inspector General found Secretary of State Mike Pompeo's emergency certification on arms sales to Gulf Arab states including Saudi Arabia last year did not break the law, a senior department official said on Monday.

The official's comments - made before the report was made public - came after President Donald Trump abruptly fired then-Inspector General Steve Linick, who was looking into Pompeo's certification, in May. Linick was succeeded by Stephen Akard, who resigned from his post last week after recusing himself from the arms sales investigation.

The final report was completed by Akard's deputy, Diana Shaw.

Linick was the fourth government inspector general ousted by the Republican president in recent months, raising concern among Democrats and some of his fellow Republicans about curtailment of oversight.

The department official, who spoke on the condition of anonymity, said the Inspector General's final report found no wrongdoing in Pompeo's execution of the administration's decision to declare a "national emergency" to justify $8 billion in military sales to Saudi Arabia despite congressional objections.

(Reporting by Humeyra Pamuk and Patricia Zengerle; Editing by Chris Reese and Sonya Hepinstall)

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