Democrats Slam Trump's 'Politically Motivated' Ousting Of Transportation Watchdog - 2020-05-20
Three leading House Democrats demanded Tuesday that the Trump administration reinstate Mitch Behm as the Transportation Department's acting inspector general after the president removed Behm from the role — the latest in a string of Trump firings of government watchdogs.
In separate letters addressed to Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao and Howard Elliott, the administrator of the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration who was tapped by Trump to replace Behm, House Oversight Chair Carolyn Maloney (D-N.Y.), Transportation Chair Peter DeFazio (D-Ore.) and Rep. Gerald Connolly (D-Va.), who leads an Oversight subcommittee, vowed to investigate the circumstances around Behm's ouster.
"Mr. Behm's removal is the latest in a series of politically motivated firings of Inspectors General by President Trump," the lawmakers wrote. "This assault on the integrity and independence of Inspectors General appears to be an intentional campaign to undermine their ability to expose corruption and protect taxpayer dollars from waste, fraud, and abuse."