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JUST IN: Engel calls off hearing with top Pompeo aide after learning the IG’s office just completed its review of the Saudi arms sale at the heart of the IG’s removal by President Trump.

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The IG’s report makes crystal clear that the Boeing 737 MAX crashes were the direct result of a pattern of deliberate concealment. The report lays bare the company’s reprehensible actions & the FAA’s deficient oversight.

Our federal IGs do a valuable job providing the information needed to hold federal agencies accountable. Unfortunately, the DOJ OIG currently does not have the power to review the conduct of DOJ attorneys, an oversight which this legislation corrects.

Here's the money quote: "The CFPB’s leadership by a single individual removable only for inefficiency, neglect, or malfeasance violates the separation of powers." IGs are a bit amorphous in terms of whether they'd qualify as agency leaders. But worth watching for fallout here.

ONE ODD THING about AG Barr's letter: it purports to "authorize" the inspector general to review any claims of "improper interference." But IGs don't need "authorization" to conduct these kind of reviews. They're independent.

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But in his statement today, Barr says no one should worry about SDNY not deciding cases on the law and facts without Berman because the DOJ inspector general will be monitoring. This from an administration that has been firing IGs who displease the president one after another.

37 IGs Report on Agency Tech Challenges Related to $2.4 Trillion COVID Relief Package

Inspectors general IGs from 37 agencies contributed to a new report on agencies' COVID-19 relief funding from the Pandemic Response Accountability Committee. Details here:

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and admin fires IGs whenever they are inconvenient

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ICYMI with @MariaBartiromo  on @SundayFutures : The IG’s#FISAReport  is a stunning indictment of the politicization of @TheJusticeDept  & @FBI  during the Obama administration.

A NEW tidbit on Pompeo/State Department IG firing: We’re told that Pompeo refused to sit for an interview with the IG’s office for its investigation into the Saudi arms sale:

News reports that the President may have fired the State Dept IG in response to him nearing completion of an investigation into the approval of billions of dollars in arms sales to Saudi Arabia are deeply concerning. The President must provide justification for the IG’s removal.

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1. Romney condemns the removal of Obama holdover IGs as a threat to accountable democracy?

Feels like the House Oversight Committee should call all the fired IG’s to testify.

President Trump has fired so many independent IGs that I’ve lost count. He replaces them with partisan cronies to cover up corruption and incompetence. Trump’s actions eat away at our democracy and erode Americans’ faith in government.

1) Ignoring warnings from vaccine officials 2) igs'>Firing IGs for releasing reports detailing shortages of testing and protective gear 3) Blocking Fauci from testifying before the House All this, and not a peep from Republicans in Congress.

Grassley on FISA: Not a single application from the past 5 yrs reviewed by the IG was up to snuff. That’s alarming..The IG’s decision to bring these failures to the director’s attention before its audit is even completed underscores the seriousness of these findings

If FISA Inspector General Horowitz report doesn’t come out next week when they said it would then I will be very disappointed & left to wonder WHAT THE GAME IS?? Is someone at FBI or DOJ tying IGs hands??

DOJ IG Horowitz confirms to Leahy that pro-Trump text messages from FBI agents were also discovered by the IG’s office: “That’s correct. That’s in the report.”

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