Akard became Inspector General after Trump fired Steve Linick on the recommendation of Secretary of State Mike Pompeo. The decision immediately drew criticism from lawmakers because Linick had investigated allegations that Pompeo and his wife, Susan, were misusing resources to the State Department. Linick also examined several other issues, including Pompeo’s decision to speed up arms sales to Saudi Arabia during congressional objections.
In recent days, Akard promised to withdraw from ongoing investigations into Pompeo and his wife following pressure from congressional Democrats who have questioned whether Pompeo pushed for Linick̵
“Ambassador Stephen J. Akard, the State Department’s Acting Director – General and Director of the Office of Foreign Affairs, has announced that he is returning to the private sector after years of public service,” the statement said. “We appreciate his dedication to the department and our country. The Deputy Inspector General, Diana R. Shaw, will be the new Deputy Inspector General. “