'Rejecting all oversight': is Trump purging government watchdogs? - 2020-04-12

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F345.png 'Rejecting all oversight': is Trump purging government watchdogs? April 12, 2020, Peter Stone, The Guardian

Donald Trump's abrupt ousting of two veteran watchdogs has prompted fears the scandal-prone US president is purging people from government who have oversight of fraud, waste and abuse.

The moves also come at a time when a global pandemic and resulting mass unemployment crisis has prompted a multitrillion-dollar economic rescue effort, much of which is aimed at helping some of America's largest companies.

Ex-watchdogs – dubbed inspectors general – plus top Democrats have voiced alarm at Trump's removal last week of an acting IG at the Pentagon slated to lead a new oversight panel for the $2.2tn coronavirus relief law. The move came just days after Trump axed the intelligence community IG who had alerted Congress to a whistleblower complaint precipitating Trump's impeachment.

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