It was Trump’s most recent move to take more control over his administration’s management of the coronavirus epidemic. The president denounced the inspectors general, the watchdogs responsible for protecting federal agencies against waste, fraud and abuse.
Glenn Fine, the Pentagon’s Interim Inspector General, was appointed last week to chair a committee acting as a kind of watchdog for the administration’s response, including health policy and the historic economic stimulus package.
But Trump has since appointed the Environmental Protection Agency’s inspector general as the new interim Pentagon’s inspector general, a spokesperson said. Fine, who appointed 11 other IGs to the committee last week, is no longer on the supervisory committee.
Media company Politico first reported the withdrawal.
Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer said the removal of the fine “only strengthens the Democrats’ determination to hold the administration accountable and to enforce the multiple strict oversight provisions of the CARES law.”
The law, which started a flood of money for individuals, families and small businesses, created three different watchdogs made up of federal government officials and legislators. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi created a fourth watchdog last week.
The law, signed on March 27, set aside $ 80 million to create a committee of inspectors general of all government agencies to examine the flow of money and identify fraud, waste or abuse. .
The White House said on Friday that Trump intends to appoint Jason Abend, senior political advisor to the US Customs and Border Protection office, to be the Pentagon’s inspector general.
The White House also announced that Trump intends to appoint Brian Miller, a White House lawyer and former Inspector General of the General Services Administration, as Special Inspector General for Pandemic Recovery, responsible for overseeing the management of funds by the US Department of the Treasury.
Since then, Trump has mounted several flanks against government inspectors general. On Tuesday, he accused, without evidence, the Inspector General of the United States Department of Health of having produced a “false record” on American hospitals suffering from disabling shortages in the midst of the coronavirus epidemic and suggested that it was politically motivated.
Trump sacked the Inspector General of the intelligence community on Friday who was involved in the events that led to the dismissal of the Republican president.
“President Trump’s actions are a blatant attempt to degrade the independence of the inspectors general who serve as a check on waste, fraud and abuse,” said Representative Carolyn Maloney, Democratic Chair of the US House Oversight Committee, in a communicated.