Trump Fires Inspector General Overseeing Coronavirus Relief Funds
The massive $2 trillion relief package Congress passed to address the coronavirus pandemic was set to be overseen by a panel of inspectors general led by Glenn Fine, acting inspector general for the Pentagon.
But President Donald Trump relieved Fine of his duties on Tuesday, according to Politico, leaving the panel to select a new chief.
Trump handed Fine’s job to Environmental Protection Agency Inspector General Sean W. O'Donnell, who will now be the watchdog for both the EPA and Pentagon until a permanent replacement for Fine is confirmed.
Because the coronavirus relief law only allows for current inspectors general to fill the oversight position, the panel will have to choose someone else to lead the effort.
The president’s move came amid a broader attack on inspectors general within the government, most notably his firing of Intelligence Community IG Michael Atkinson — who alerted Congress to the whistleblower complaint resulting in Trump’s impeachment.
Trump also attacked the Department of Health and Human Services IG this week “following a report from her office that described widespread testing delays and supply issues at the nation’s hospitals.”