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Big policy and approach to government change is a day away. Biden DNI pick tells Senate IGs and whistleblowers are critical for trust. DHS pick talks of fact and law as his "North Star." SoS pick promises multilateralism, humility and to rebuild foreign service.

Senate Republicans have asked Trump for explanations for firings of IGs, but it apparently didn’t come up today at their meeting per senators

On #WeveGotIssues : @lizacisms  and @JoshuaHol  talk abt Trump's war on IGs, a QAnon wackjob running for the US Senate and red states skewing their Covid19 numbers. Then Nicholas Rush Smith offers a grim preview of what 30% unemployment might look like.

On #WeveGotIssues : @lizacisms  and @JoshuaHol  talk abt Trump's war on IGs, a QAnon wackjob running for the US Senate and red states skewing their Covid19 numbers. Then Nicholas Rush Smith offers a grim preview of what 30% unemployment might look like.

Two Senate and House Dems launch investigation into Trump’s firing of State Department independent watchdog Steve Linick and ask White House, State and State IG’s office to “preserve all records related to the firing and turn information over to the committees” by May 22.

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Meanwhile: -The 5-member congressional oversight commission has just 1 member and no chair. -Trump's pandemic inspector general is controversial and awaiting Senate confirmation -Trump sidelined the chair of the council of IGs meant to monitor the $2T.

YET, GOVERNMENT OVERSIGHT is shrinking. -- POTUS has fired 2 IGs and, if you believe reports, is planning on firing more. … THE ADMINISTRATION has routinely flouted subpoenas for appearances and documents. … SENATE REPUBLICANS have shrunk from checking the president.

This is one of several oversight mechanisms built into the new law. They include: -A committee of IGs (now led by Fine) -A new special IG (to be nominated by Trump) -Congressional review panel (to be appointed by House/Senate leaders)

I’m joining @Morning_Joe  shortly to discuss today’s Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on the Justice Department IG’s report into the FBI’s 2016 Russia investigation. Tune in.

Home secretaries and IGs prisons told to brief Senate committee on the justification in law for denying facilities to under-trial prisoners in NAB custody.

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