Trump removes Pentagon watchdog leading coronavirus fund oversight

Glenn Fine

Glenn Fine. | Pablo Martinez Monsivais/AP Photo

President Trump has removed the acting Pentagon inspector general, Glenn Fine, as head of the panel overseeing how the federal government’s coronavirus relief package is spent.

After Trump approved $2.2 trillion in federal spending, a panel of inspectors general from across Cabinet departments picked Fine as chair of the oversight panel, which was established to ensure that the bailout money was distributed and spent as intended.

Trump ousted Fine from the department on Monday, thus removing him from the Pandemic Response Accountability Committee.

A Pentagon spokesperson on Tuesday confirmed Fine was removed both from office and the committee.

Trump designated EPA Inspector General Sean O’Donnell as the Pentagon’s temporary IG and head of the accountability committee, and nominated Jason Abend, a senior policy adviser at U.S. Customs and Border Protection, to fill Fine’s Pentagon job.

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