Trump Removed the Head of the Coronavirus Bailout Oversight Board. Its Members Could Be Next. - 2020-04-09

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F0.png Trump Removed the Head of the Coronavirus Bailout Oversight Board. Its Members Could Be Next. April 9, 2020, Isaac Arnsdorf, ProPublica

In the wake of President Trump's move to push aside the official who was supposed to lead the coronavirus bailout watchdog group, four other members are just as vulnerable.

Trump was able to remove the panel's chosen head, Glenn Fine, by naming a new Defense Department inspector general and bumping Fine to the No. 2 job at the Pentagon watchdog office. No longer an acting inspector general, Fine was disqualified from serving on the panel he was supposed to lead.

Fine's removal sounded an alarm among Democrats in Congress, who had demanded that spending safeguards be built into the $2 trillion recovery package. House Democrats rushed out a proposed tweak that would stop further removals like Fine's by opening up eligibility to senior officials in IG offices, not just IGs themselves.

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