Stephen J. Akard became the State Department’s internal watchdog after his predecessor was fired by President Trump at the urging of Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, who was under investigation.
Congress is looking into whether Secretary of State Mike Pompeo asked President Trump to fire Steve Linick, the department’s inspector general, to retaliate for investigations.
Lawmakers are investigating whether Secretary of State Mike Pompeo urged President Trump to fire Steve A. Linick, the department’s inspector general, to shield himself from Mr. Linick’s inquiries.
Secretary of State Mike Pompeo also criticized Senator Robert Menendez, Democrat of New Jersey, who has opened an investigation into the firing of the State Department inspector general.
The meetings, often kept off his public schedule, have taken place as Mike Pompeo nurtures plans for a presidential bid in 2024 and as he considered a run for the Senate from Kansas.
The wife of Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is at the center of an investigation into whether a State Department employee was assigned to do household tasks.
Congressional officials said the inspector general was examining several areas of policy and potential misuse of government resources that had raised concerns about Mr. Pompeo’s actions.