Trump Fired Watchdog

PUBLISHED: 1:20 PM 8 Apr 2020
UPDATED: 5:35 PM 8 Apr 2020

Trump Axing ‘Watchdog’ Creates Frenzy, Rumors Of More Firings Circulate

This move is not uncommon, in fact, almost every president in recent history has immediately replaced inspectors appointed by previous administrations, but when President Trump does it, suddenly the narrative shifts.

Fine was appointed by Obama in the waning days of the administration. (Source: Newsy YouTube Screenshot)

Every new administration places people in specific roles. President Trump has lived with a number of deep-state-tied Obama-appointed “inspector generals’” now for nearly four years, some have argued. However, that’s not apparently going to last.

The Pentagon official (slated by Obama) to oversee the implementation of the $2.2 Trillion CARES Act was fired by the chief executive on Monday, seemingly spreading fury and fear among the liberal left.

And, sources indicated that the president has at least six more Obama-appointed ‘watchdogs’ in his sights.

The Washington Examiner reported:

A panel of inspectors general tapped Glenn Fine, the acting Pentagon watchdog, to lead the group responsible for overseeing the coronavirus funds, but Trump removed Fine from his post on Monday, Politico reported.

Trump named an inspector general at the Environmental Protection Agency to serve as the temporary watchdog at the Pentagon.

“Mr. Fine is no longer on the Pandemic Response Accountability Committee,” Dwrena Allen, a spokeswoman for the Pentagon inspector general’s office, said in a statement.

The Hill added (with barely perceptible spin):

Glenn Fine, who has served as acting Pentagon inspector general since 2016, will go back to being the principal deputy inspector general and will no longer lead the coronavirus relief oversight panel, his office said Tuesday.

[Look at the date here… appointed to the post in Obama’s last year.]

“Yesterday, the president nominated Mr. Jason Abend for the position of DoD Inspector General,” Dwrena Allen, spokeswoman at the Department of Defense Office of the Inspector General, said in an email. “The same day, the president also designated Mr. Sean W. O’Donnell, who is the Environmental Protection Agency Inspector General (EPA IG), to serve as the Acting DoD IG in addition to his current duties at the EPA.”

The EPA IG’s office similarly told The Hill that O’Donnell “is filling both roles for now” and that “no changes are expected at the EPA OIG.”

Fine “remains focused and committed to the important mission of the DoD OIG,” Allen added.

The move also means that Fine is no longer on the Pandemic Response Accountability Committee, she said.

The panel of inspectors general was created by the $2.2 trillion stimulus bill Congress passed last month to audit and investigate implementation of the bill.

Fine was appointed as chairman of the committee last week, a move that won praise across the political spectrum

“Glenn Fine has a good reputation as a tough federal prosecutor and former [Department of Justice] Inspector General, and must exercise his full oversight authority to ensure that the Trump administration implements the CARES Act as intended,” Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) said in a statement last week.

[This tells most people everything they need to know.]

The move follows several steps Trump has taken to combat oversight of the bailout fund. After signing the relief package into law last month, the president issued a signing statement saying he would not allow the special inspector general for the relief program to report to Congress without his supervision.

And last week, he nominated one of his own White House lawyers, Brian Miller, for the special inspector general position.

O’Donnell has served as EPA inspector general since he was confirmed by voice vote in December. Prior to that he was a trial attorney in the criminal division of the Department of Justice.

Abend, who Trump nominated to take on the Pentagon inspector general post full time, is currently a senior policy adviser at U.S. Customs and Border Protection and was previously a special agent in the inspector general offices of the Federal Housing Finance Agency and the Department of Housing and Urban Development.