Trump Replaces Watchdog Overseeing Coronavirus Stimulus Funds

by | Apr 27, 2020

Citing vague “reports of bias,” President Trump abruptly fired Glenn Fine, the Pentagon’s acting inspector general, from his role leading oversight of how $2 trillion in pandemic stimulus funds get spent, reported The Washington Post. Fine has been with the Pentagon since 2015 and is known as a tough federal watchdog. Trump replaced Fine with Sean O’Donnell, the EPA’s inspector general. The move could shift some of his attention away from the EPA, where he has been fairly critical of Trump’s second agency chief, Andrew Wheeler. But The New York Times pointed out that given his scrutiny of Wheeler, “it is not a given that Mr. O’Donnell will toe the line at the Pentagon.” Status: Effective April 7, 2020.

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