‘We Need to Take Away Children,’ Jeff Sessions Said

Top department officials were “a driving force” behind President Trump’s child separation policy, a draft investigation report said.

#family-separation-policy-us-immigration, #homeland-security-department, #horowitz-michael-e, #illegal-immigration, #immigration-and-emigration, #inspectors-general, #justice-department, #nielsen-kirstjen, #rosenstein-rod-j, #sessions-jefferson-b-iii, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-politics-and-government

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1 Million Primary Ballots Were Mailed Late, Postal Service Watchdog Says

The findings underscore deep concerns about whether the agency will be able to process what is expected to be a significant increase in mail-in votes for the presidential election.

#absentee-voting, #dejoy-louis, #inspectors-general, #postal-service-us, #postal-service-and-post-offices, #presidential-election-of-2020, #primaries-and-caucuses, #states-us, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-politics-and-government, #voter-registration-and-requirements

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Spotting $62 Million in Alleged P.P.P. Fraud Was the Easy Part

Investigators have charged big spenders with cheating the Paycheck Protection Program for small businesses. But more fraud lies below the surface, and it’ll be harder to find.

#federal-aid-us, #frauds-and-swindling, #inspectors-general, #paycheck-protection-program, #small-business, #small-business-administration, #treasury-department

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Justice Dept. Questions Former C.I.A. Director for 8 Hours

John O. Brennan is a witness, not a target, in the inquiry being led by John H. Durham, a U.S. attorney, but the C.I.A. under Barack Obama could be subject to further criticism by the Trump administration.

#barr-william-p, #brennan-john-o, #central-intelligence-agency, #durham-john-h, #federal-bureau-of-investigation, #horowitz-michael-e, #inspectors-general, #justice-department, #mueller-robert-s-iii, #russian-interference-in-2016-us-elections-and-ties-to-trump-associates, #special-prosecutors-independent-counsel

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Military Surveillance Planes Didn’t Spy on Protesters, Pentagon Report Finds

But the Air Force’s inspector general concluded that National Guard officials failed to obtain prior approval from Defense Secretary Mark T. Esper to use the planes.

#air-national-guard, #defense-department, #george-floyd-protests-2020, #inspectors-general, #military-aircraft, #national-guard, #police-brutality-misconduct-and-shootings, #surveillance-of-citizens-by-government, #united-states-air-force, #united-states-defense-and-military-forces

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Ex-F.B.I. Lawyer Expected to Plead Guilty in Durham Investigation

Prosecutors are not expected to reveal any evidence of a broad anti-Trump conspiracy among law enforcement officials.

#barr-william-p, #central-intelligence-agency, #clinesmith-kevin, #durham-john-h, #espionage-and-intelligence-services, #federal-bureau-of-investigation, #foreign-intelligence-surveillance-court, #horowitz-michael-e, #inspectors-general, #justice-department, #mueller-robert-s-iii, #page-carter, #presidential-election-of-2016, #russian-interference-in-2016-us-elections-and-ties-to-trump-associates, #special-prosecutors-independent-counsel, #surveillance-of-citizens-by-government, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-politics-and-government, #wiretapping-and-other-eavesdropping-devices-and-methods

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Woody Johnson Asked State Dept. Auditors to Delete Claims of Offensive Remarks from Report

The American ambassador to Britain rejected accusations that he made racially or sexually inappropriate comments toward employees at the U.S. Embassy in London.

#british-open-golf, #diplomatic-service-embassies-and-consulates, #inspectors-general, #johnson-robert-wood-iv, #london-england, #state-department, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-international-relations

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Watchdog Says State Dept. Failed to Limit Civilian Deaths From Saudi Arms Sales

The inspector general also found the State Department avoided congressional review by dividing sales of controversial arms into smaller packages.

#arms-trade, #civilian-casualties, #engel-eliot-l, #house-committee-on-foreign-affairs, #inspectors-general, #linick-steve-a, #pompeo-mike, #raytheon-company, #saudi-arabia, #state-department, #trump-donald-j, #united-arab-emirates, #united-nations, #yemen

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Another Inspector General Resigns, Raising Questions About Pompeo

Stephen J. Akard became the State Department’s internal watchdog after his predecessor was fired by President Trump at the urging of Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, who was under investigation.

#appointments-and-executive-changes, #inspectors-general, #linick-steve-a, #politics-and-government, #pompeo-mike, #pompeo-susan, #state-department, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-international-relations, #united-states-politics-and-government

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Report Slams Doctor at V.A. for Dismissing Suicide Risk of Patient Who Later Killed Himself

Six days after being removed by the police from a veterans hospital in Washington, the man died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound.

#inspectors-general, #mental-health-and-disorders, #missal-michael-j, #suicides-and-suicide-attempts, #trump-donald-j, #veterans, #veterans-affairs-department, #wilkie-robert

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E.P.A. Inspector General to Investigate Trump’s Biggest Climate Rollback

The agency’s watchdog office said Monday it would investigate whether the reversal of Obama-era fuel efficiency standards violated government rules.

#environment, #environmental-protection-agency, #fuel-efficiency, #global-warming, #greenhouse-gas-emissions, #inspectors-general, #regulation-and-deregulation-of-industry, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-politics-and-government

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Top State Dept. Officials Enabled Misconduct by Pompeo, Whistle-Blower Said

A newly public copy of the whistle-blower’s complaint says that top officials who were protecting the secretary of state blocked the whistle-blower from addressing the issue internally.

#ethics-and-official-misconduct, #inspectors-general, #linick-steve-a, #pompeo-mike, #state-department, #united-states-politics-and-government, #whistle-blowers

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Inquiry Prompted by Trump’s Hurricane Dorian Claim Is Being Blocked, Investigator Says

The Commerce Department is impeding findings into whether it coerced the top NOAA official to support President Trump’s inaccurate claim that Dorian would hit Alabama, the department’s inspector general said.

#alabama, #commerce-department, #environment, #global-warming, #greenhouse-gas-emissions, #hurricane-dorian-2019, #hurricanes-and-tropical-storms, #inspectors-general, #jacobs-neil, #national-oceanic-and-atmospheric-administration, #national-weather-service, #ross-wilbur-l-jr, #united-states-politics-and-government

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Pompeo Aide Who Pushed Saudi Arms Sale Said to Have Pressured Inspector General

Congress is looking into whether Secretary of State Mike Pompeo asked President Trump to fire Steve Linick, the department’s inspector general, to retaliate for investigations.

#arms-trade, #inspectors-general, #linick-steve-a, #mohammed-bin-salman-1985, #pompeo-mike, #pompeo-susan, #raytheon-company, #state-department, #trump-donald-j

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Demand Answers on Trump’s Firing of Inspectors General

Congress is still owed answers about President Trump’s dismissal of inspectors general.

#appointments-and-executive-changes, #atkinson-michael-k-1964, #george-floyd-protests-2020, #government-accountability-office, #grassley-charles-e, #inspectors-general, #linick-steve-a, #police-department-minneapolis-minn, #pompeo-mike, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-politics-and-government

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Ousted Watchdog Says State Dept. Official Pressured Him to End Inquiry Into Pompeo

Steve A. Linick, the former State Department inspector general, testified that a top agency official tried to “bully” him as he investigated the potential misconduct by the administration.

#appointments-and-executive-changes, #arms-trade, #inspectors-general, #linick-steve-a, #pompeo-mike, #saudi-arabia, #state-department, #trump-donald-j, #united-arab-emirates, #united-states-politics-and-government

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Senate Confirms Inspector General to Oversee Virus Bailout Funds

Brian D. Miller, the White House lawyer tapped to oversee the Treasury Department’s $500 billion fund, has said he would not be influenced by political pressure.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #coronavirus-aid-relief-and-economic-security-act-2020, #inspectors-general, #miller-brian-d, #senate, #treasury-department, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-economy, #united-states-politics-and-government

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Flouting Norms, Trump Seeks to Bring Independent Watchdogs to Heel

The inspectors general system, a key post-Watergate reform to keep government honest, is coming under intense pressure by the president.

#appointments-and-executive-changes, #atkinson-michael-k-1964, #chao-elaine-l, #ethics-and-official-misconduct, #fine-glenn-a, #grimm-christi-a, #house-of-representatives, #inspectors-general, #linick-steve-a, #miller-brian-d, #odonnell-sean-w, #obama-barack, #pompeo-mike, #senate, #state-department, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-politics-and-government

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Pompeo Quietly Visits Conservative Donors and Political Figures on State Dept. Trips

The meetings, often kept off his public schedule, have taken place as Mike Pompeo nurtures plans for a presidential bid in 2024 and as he considered a run for the Senate from Kansas.

#clinton-hillary-rodham, #inspectors-general, #koch-charles-g, #linick-steve-a, #pence-mike, #pompeo-mike, #pompeo-susan, #state-department, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-international-relations

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‘Where Are They?’: Biden Criticizes G.O.P. Over Trump’s Firing of Inspectors General

At a virtual round table discussion, the former vice president said that defending the independent watchdogs “used to be a hobbyhorse for Republican senators.”

#appointments-and-executive-changes, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #commencement-speeches, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #democratic-party, #grassley-charles-e, #inspectors-general, #linick-steve-a, #presidential-election-of-2020, #republican-party, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-politics-and-government

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Susan Pompeo Draws Scrutiny in Inquiry Over Dry Cleaning and Dog Walking

The wife of Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is at the center of an investigation into whether a State Department employee was assigned to do household tasks.

#ethics-and-official-misconduct, #inspectors-general, #kansas, #linick-steve-a, #pompeo-mike, #pompeo-susan, #state-department, #united-states-international-relations, #united-states-politics-and-government, #wichita-kan

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Pompeo Defends Firing of Inspector General, Denying It Was Retaliation

Congressional officials said the inspector general was examining several areas of policy and potential misuse of government resources that had raised concerns about Mr. Pompeo’s actions.

#ethics-and-official-misconduct, #inspectors-general, #linick-steve-a, #pompeo-mike, #pompeo-susan, #state-department

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Pompeo Declined Interview Request From Inspector General About Saudi Arms Sales

The secretary of state instead offered written answers. He was aware of the inquiry and the specific lines of questioning about his decision to resume the sales.

#engel-eliot-l, #inspectors-general, #linick-steve-a, #pompeo-mike, #state-department, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-politics-and-government

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Mike Pompeo Fires the State Department Inspector General

His vague explanations for asking President Trump to dismiss the State Department’s inspector general don’t add up.

#inspectors-general, #linick-steve, #pompeo-mike, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-politics-and-government

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Trump’s Purge of the Watchdogs

What a string of firings of inspectors general at government agencies reveals about presidential power.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #democratic-party, #impeachment, #inspectors-general, #pompeo-mike, #presidential-election-of-2020, #state-department, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-politics-and-government

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State Dept. Investigator Fired by Trump Had Examined Weapons Sales to Saudis and Emiratis

A Democratic House committee chairman said the investigation might have been “another reason” for the firing of the inspector general, Steve A. Linick.

#appointments-and-executive-changes, #defense-contracts, #engel-eliot-l, #foreign-aid, #house-committee-on-foreign-affairs, #inspectors-general, #iran, #linick-steve-a, #pompeo-mike, #raytheon-company, #saudi-arabia, #state-department, #trump-donald-j, #united-arab-emirates, #united-states-international-relations, #united-states-politics-and-government, #yemen

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Top Democrats Open Investigation into Ouster of State Dept. Inspector General

The lawmakers said that they believed Secretary of State Mike Pompeo recommended Steve Linick’s removal because he had opened an investigation into Mr. Pompeo’s conduct.

#democratic-party, #house-committee-on-foreign-affairs, #inspectors-general, #linick-steve-a, #pompeo-mike, #senate-committee-on-foreign-relations, #state-department, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-politics-and-government

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Trump Removes State Dept. Inspector General

Steve A. Linick will be replaced by an ambassador with close ties to Vice President Mike Pence, the department said Friday night.

#appointments-and-executive-changes, #atkinson-michael-k-1964, #fine-glenn-a, #grimm-christi-a, #inspectors-general, #linick-steve-a, #state-department, #trump-ukraine-whistle-blower-complaint-and-impeachment-inquiry, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-politics-and-government

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Trump’s Attack on the Inspector General’s Office Is an Attack on Accountability

Firing the watchdogs charged with protecting the public’s money and policing the executive branch undermines democracy.

#appointments-and-executive-changes, #atkinson-michael-k-1964, #collins-susan-m, #coronavirus-aid-relief-and-economic-security-act-2020, #grassley-charles-e, #grimm-christi-a, #inspectors-general, #lankford-james, #trump-ukraine-whistle-blower-complaint-and-impeachment-inquiry, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-politics-and-government

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The Cloud Forming Over America’s Spies

A retired C.I.A. officer sees danger ahead for the independence and political impartiality of the 17 U.S. intelligence agencies if Trump’s choice for director of national intelligence is confirmed.

#africa, #atkinson-michael-k-1964, #central-intelligence-agency, #china, #classified-information-and-state-secrets, #coats-dan, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #espionage-and-intelligence-services, #grenell-richard, #haspel-gina, #house-of-representatives, #inspectors-general, #instant-messaging, #iran, #justice-department, #london-england, #middle-east, #national-commission-on-terrorist-attacks-upon-the-united-states, #news-and-news-media, #north-korea, #office-of-the-director-of-national-intelligence, #presidential-election-of-2020, #putin-vladimir-v, #ratcliffe-john-lee-1965, #senate, #south-asia, #trump-donald-j, #united-states, #united-states-politics-and-government, #washington-post

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Trump Moves to Replace Watchdog Who Identified Critical Medical Shortages

The president announced the nomination of an inspector general for the Department of Health and Human Services, who, if confirmed, would replace an acting official whose report embarrassed Mr. Trump.

#appointments-and-executive-changes, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #grimm-christi-a, #health-and-human-services-department, #inspectors-general, #trump-ukraine-whistle-blower-complaint-and-impeachment-inquiry, #trump-donald-j, #ukraine, #united-states-politics-and-government, #weida-jason-c, #yovanovitch-marie-l

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One Person is Overseeing Congress’s Bailout Loans. He Wants Answers.

The Fed has authority to make trillions of dollars in loans. Concern is growing that taxpayers will be in the dark about how the money is being disbursed.

#congressional-oversight-commission, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #coronavirus-aid-relief-and-economic-security-act-2020, #federal-reserve-system, #inspectors-general, #mnuchin-steven-t, #powell-jerome-h, #ramamurti-bharat, #treasury-department, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-economy, #united-states-politics-and-government

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New Details Hint at Risk of Russian Misinformation in Dossier

Footnotes were declassified from a watchdog report that found that the F.B.I. had reason to open the Russia inquiry but made errors in seeking approval to wiretap a former Trump adviser.

#classified-information-and-state-secrets, #espionage-and-intelligence-services, #federal-bureau-of-investigation, #foreign-intelligence-surveillance-act-fisa, #horowitz-michael-e, #inspectors-general, #justice-department, #page-carter, #presidential-election-of-2016, #russia, #russian-interference-in-2016-us-elections-and-ties-to-trump-associates, #special-prosecutors-independent-counsel, #surveillance-of-citizens-by-government, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-politics-and-government, #wiretapping-and-other-eavesdropping-devices-and-methods

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The Coronavirus Stimulus Money Needs Oversight

Rigorous watchdogs can ensure that vast amounts of taxpayer money aren’t lost to fraud or handed out as political favors.

#appointments-and-executive-changes, #congressional-oversight-panel, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #coronavirus-aid-relief-and-economic-security-act-2020, #inspectors-general, #miller-brian-d, #treasury-department, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-economy, #united-states-politics-and-government

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