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Trump Ousts Inspector General Set to Oversee Relief Spending

  • It’s latest in president’s moves against independent watchdogs
  • Acting Pentagon inspector general removed, disqualifying him
Glenn Fine
Glenn FinePhotographer: Drew Angerer/Getty Images
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President Donald Trump has removed the head of a team of U.S. auditors that will oversee the $2 trillion in federal coronavirus relief spending, his latest move against inspectors general who are supposed to serve as independent watchdogs.

Trump ousted Glenn Fine from his position as acting Defense Department inspector general, which also made him ineligible to continue as chairman of the new Pandemic Response Accountability Committee. Michael Horowitz, head of a council of federal inspectors general, chose Fine for the new role of pandemic-spending watchdog last week.