It all started with a video allegedly showing right-wing protesters chasing a man through the streets of Chemnitz in the midst of protests over the arrest of two migrant men for allegedly murdering a German man.
Asked about the vigilante attacks, Maasen suggested the video was not real.
He was also accused of sharing confidential information with the far-right AFD party.
Yesterday Angela Merkel responded to growing pressure and fired Maassen.
But no sooner had he lost his job than he was offered another: a promotion to Interior Ministry State Secretary with a pay rise to boot.