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Chapter : White House and Congressional Leaders Respond to Inspector General Firings : April 3 and May 18, 2020
White House and Congressional Leaders Respond to Inspector General Firings : April 3 and May 18, 2020
In the spring of 2020, President Donald Trump fired or replaced five permanent or acting inspectors general at key federal agencies. The president offered little explanation for these personnel changes, but the fact that several of the ousted inspectors general had released critical reports or had been conducting investigations into actions by administration officials prompted accusations of political retaliation. While these allegations came mainly from Democrats in Congress, Republican leadership also questioned the president’s decisions and sought more detailed explanations for the firings and reassignments.
Firings Begin in Intelligence Community
A total of five ...