On Trump Firing the Inspectors General, it is true that Inspectors General (IGs) serve at the pleasure of the President, but in addition, I think there are powerful and right reasons clearly available for his actions in two of these cases, and no particular reason to view the other decision with suspicion.
IGs of course are supposed to just “follow the law” and just “call balls and strikes” but as any sports fan knows, there are mountains of close calls and the decision of what and when to call things can be driven by bias. Slight missteps can be called out and exaggerated, or ignored entirely, based on bias. And all of these IG slots will be re-filled. If Obama was free to fill them with leftists, Trump can fill them with people more committed to the conservative worldview.
As to the removal of the State Dept IG, Steve Linick, there is an impending investigation of Secretary Pompeo about misuse of a political appointee for personal favors, and an older charge that some high level staffers are questioned about the political nature of their decisions and actions.
Given what we know about the Obama era track record of staffing high level positions in government with leftists who continue their leftist agenda regardless of who is president, the questioning should be happening. Whoever the new IG will be can continue looking into the Pompeo allegations if inquiry is warranted, but trusting an Obama appointee IG is absurd … ESPECIALLY as Linick was the one who pretty much gave Hillary a pass on her home-brewed server despite the illegality and duplicity involved in that. Linick also did not express concern when America’s Ukrainian Ambassador Yovanovitch testified that she knew virtually nothing about Burisma despite that newly discovered/ released documents show that she did.
The removal of the Intelligence Community IG Michael Atkinson should surprise no one. THIS is a guy who changed the whistleblower rules to allow a hearsay whistleblower complaint that led to the farce of the impeachment effort, despite that the whistleblower had clearly and easily discoverable political motivations and connections that prompted him to file that complaint. Atkinson signed up for the “Get Trump” team and Trump does not have to keep a guy like that in a position to continue harassing him.
Trump also removed the Pentagon’s Acting IG Glenn Fine who was also involved with the panel of federal watchdogs overseeing implementation of the $2 trillion coronavirus law. There is a shuffling of IGs in place among several agencies, and they will all end up with an IG.
Whether one agrees with President Trump’s decisions or accepts the validity of the reasons given is driven in great degree by whether people understand that this President has been the victim of an ongoing effort to destroy, undermine and remove him from the very start, or whether they are under the impression that all of the attacks on him (Russia Collusion hoax, Ukrainian Impeachment falsely charging Trump with what Joe Biden actually did etc.) have been matters of good faith.
For those who see as I do that the President is up against a cascade of never-ending attacks, an entrenched ruling elite class that will never let him restore America, and never tolerate the idea of Making America Great Again, the only answer he has is to root out the leftists in agencies all over the government who are blocking his efforts to do what the voters elected him to do.
The idea of IG s who are “neutral” is a farce ... they hold tremendous power to impede, interpret, justify or ignore all sorts of decisions. We need IG s who are honest and trustworthy and understand and apply the law, but in this era of intense political hostility against everything Trump is trying to do, much of which undermines all that the Left has been trying to do for decades, there is every reason for the president to want to remove entrenched leftists who will continue undermining him.
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