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Today should be a doozy, Navy secretary resigns, Navarro memo, Pentagon IG fired, among other possible topics. The unhingery should be at a max in today’s episode of the Trump Show (now with extra kayfabe).
“TrumpÃ¢ÂÂs opponent really is the coronavirus,” Graham tells @PeterAtlantic. “If heÃ¢ÂÂs seen to have handled this well and done a good job in the eyes of the public, heÃ¢ÂÂd be almost impossible to beat. If heÃ¢ÂÂs viewed as having fallen short, heÃ¢ÂÂd be in trouble.” https://t.co/3aIbqEyOJk
— Peter Baker (@peterbakernyt) April 7, 2020
This blatant cover-up scheme is outrageous. It has no purpose except to derail&defang oversight. To my Republican colleagues whoÃ¢ÂÂve built careers advocating spending oversight: you must take a stand as Trump sidelines scrutiny over the largest relief funding bill in our history. https://t.co/j3mf1n5xq0
— Richard Blumenthal (@SenBlumenthal) April 7, 2020
A panel of inspectors general had named Glenn Fine — the acting Pentagon watchdog — to lead the group charged with monitoring the coronavirus relief effort. But Trump on Monday removed Fine from his post, instead naming the EPA inspector general to serve as the temporary Pentagon watchdog in addition to his other responsibilities.
That decision, which began circulating on Capitol Hill Tuesday morning, effectively removed Fine from his role overseeing the coronavirus relief effort, since the new law permits only current inspectors general to fill the position.
Fine’s removal is Trump’s latest incursion into the community of independent federal watchdogs — punctuated most dramatically by his late Friday ouster of the intelligence community’s inspector general, Michael Atkinson, whose handling of a whistleblower report ultimately led to Trump’s impeachment.
Trump has also begun sharply attacking Health and Human Services Inspector General Christi Grimm, following a report from her office that described widespread testing delays and supply issues at the nation’s hospitals.
“Another Fake Dossier!” Trump tweeted, mentioning Grimm’s tenure as inspector general during the Obama administration. He didn’t mention, though, that Grimm has been serving as a federal watchdog since 1999, spanning administrations of both parties.
Unreal. this should be a code red alarm. Trump has summarily removed Glenn Fine, the universally well respected IG who was tabbed to oversee his administration's management of the $2 trillion stimulus package. Deep deep rot.https://t.co/vsHkc3esquÃ¢ÂÂ Harry Litman (@harrylitman) April 7, 2020
Expect this lie today:
Lies. On 2/28/20 on the South Lawn I ASKED you about the W.H.O. telling us the risk for COVID19 had increased. You blew off the question to tell us about Your rally that night. You blew it. Not the W.H.O. @realDonaldTrump https://t.co/DHhSgURGRt
— Brian J. Karem (@BrianKarem) April 7, 2020
if these authoritarian moves were happening overseas, US media would identify it *immediately*
but the Republican Party does it and US press pretends it can't figure out what's happening
if this happens in other countries we roll our eyes at the nepotistic corruption https://t.co/QwKfKvUPxP
— Oliver Willis (@owillis) April 7, 2020
— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) April 6, 2020