Matthew Klimow, who has served as U.S. ambassador to Turkmenistan since 2019, was appointed by Trump as acting inspector general on Aug. 31, a spokesperson for the watchdog’s office told The Hill on Thursday.

Klimow’s appointment was first reported by Politico, with no prior public announcement from the administration.  He is a graduate of West Point and a retired Army colonel, Klimow has held numerous government positions over the past two decades spanning the White House, State Department and NATO.  He was also awarded the Silver Star as a combat veteran, the nation’s third highest award for valor in combat.

Klimow is quietly taking over a watchdog post that was held by Steve Linick, until he was removed by from his post in May by President Trump at the request of Secretary of State Mike Pompeo.  Linick had been there since 2013 and was appointed by President Obama.

This move has drawn intense scrutiny from Democrats. who have charge that Linick may have been fired as an act of political retaliation for conducting at least two investigations into Pompeo’s actions at the State Department.

Linick’s immediate replacement was Stephen Akard, until last month when the State Department announced that he would be leaving the agency for the private sector, having the position less than three months.  

Diana Shaw has been the acting Inspector General until this announcement.  Shaw has returned to her position as deputy inspector general, the watchdog’s office said.

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