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Trump Removes Watchdog Overseeing Coronavirus Stimulus Funds

President Donald Trump has removed Glenn Fine, the acting inspector general for the Defense Department and chair of the Pandemic Response Accountability Committee tasked with overseeing $2 trillion in emergency coronavirus funding.

Late last month, a group of independent federal watchdogs tapped Fine, a career official, to lead the group tasked with preventing “waste, fraud, and abuse” in the use of coronavirus relief money. But Trump removed him on Tuesday, according to CNN.

It’s the most recent effort by Trump to undermine federal oversight. Late Friday night, the President fired the intelligence inspector general who reported a whistleblower’s complaint to Congress that led to the impeachment investigation.

On Monday, Trump repeatedly questioned the motives behind an in-depth investigation by the Health and Human Services inspector general into supply shortages affecting the coronavirus response.

A Defense Department spokeswoman did not explain why Fine was removed from the acting inspector general position.

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