Trump Takes Aim at a Watergate Reform: The Independent Inspector General

“If you are supposed to take direction from the secretary who is your boss, and also to have professional skepticism of their job performance, it’s hard to reconcile those two roles,” said Andrew M. Wright, a former ethics and oversight lawyer for Congress and in the Obama White House. “You risk being under direct control by political appointees in a way that is not contemplated by the inspector general statute, and unable to have the institutional distance to be able to scrutinize political appointees’ work.”

Reporting was contributed by Katie Benner, Helene Cooper, Coral Davenport, Erica Green, Zolan Kanno-Youngs, Thomas Kaplan, Carol Rosenberg, Jennifer Steinhauer, Ana Swanson and Noah Weiland.

Article source: https://www.nytimes.com/2020/05/22/us/politics/trump-inspectors-general.html

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