Watchdog Report: Trump Official Punished Public Servant Over Her Iranian Heritage

The State Department's inspector general released a report concluding that Trump officials demoted a national security expert over her Iranian roots and the perception that she was disloyal to Trump.
Sahar Nowrouzzadeh (center), speaking at an event at the Harvard Kennedy School's Belfer Center in 2018. A report released by the State Department's Inspector General found that Nowrouzzadeh was improperly removed from her government post after articles attempting to smear her appeared on conservative websites. Source: Harvard Kennedy School's Belfer Center

President Trump often says members of the "deep state" are bent on sabotaging his agenda.

And some of the career civil servants the president is referring to have said they have been retaliated against following reports in conservative media questioning their loyalty to Trump.

On Thursday, the State Department's internal watchdog that this happened to one high-ranking foreign policy official who was improperly removed from her post by White House officials in the

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