Trump, chafing at oversight, takes aim at inspectors general
Still, he was stunned by a Friday night phone call saying President Donald Trump had fired him. He demoted Glenn Fine as acting Defense Department watchdog, stripping him of oversight of the $2 trillion coronavirus relief effort. Democrats have raised questions about whether a Transportation Department acting inspector general who was removed was replaced for political reasons, too. All presidents take umbrage at inspector general oversight, a post-Watergate concept meant to root out waste, fraud and corruption. Chuck McCullough, the intelligence community inspector general under Obama, said he maintained a sparsely decorated office, aware he could be fired any time.