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Fri May 22, 2020, 01:38 PM

Commentary: Trump's firings meant to silence the watchdogs

By David C. Williams / The Washington Post

President Trumpís spate of inspector general removals this spring is alarming, and every American should be concerned about the state of federal government oversight. But the problem with Trumpís actions is not simply removing the watchdogs; itís also the chilling effect left on those who remain and the fact that the president is replacing some of the ousted officials with thinly credentialed political loyalists.

Inspectors general were established to conduct independent, dogged investigations into federal government agencies and report their findings freely to Congress and the public. Yet at the very time we need thorough oversight of the federal governmentís expansive coronavirus relief spending, the president is conducting a war on those tasked with holding him accountable.

Trumpís removal of inspectors general has a deleterious impact on the entire inspector general community. Particularly with the removals of Michael Atkinson as inspector general for the intelligence community and Steve Linick as inspector general for the State Department, thereís a strong indication that the president fired them simply because of their involvement in investigations that cast the administration in a negative light.

And it is hard to interpret Trumpís decision to replace acting Defense Department inspector general Glenn Fine, chosen to lead a panel of inspectors general overseeing the coronavirus relief funds. Fine represents the best of the best within the IG community. He has a long history of successes in ferreting out sophisticated frauds and wrongdoing. Thatís a reason to keep him, not replace him.


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Fri May 22, 2020, 01:41 PM

1. Highly qualified and experienced is beside the point, when you want a totalitarian apparatchik.

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