Top US watchdog vows ‘aggressive’ oversight of Trump administration

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WASHINGTON The top U.S. federal watchdog vowed on Saturday to continue to conduct “aggressive” independent oversight of government agencies, after President Donald Trump fired the inspector general of the U.S. intelligence community late Friday night. Michael Horowitz, chair of the Council of the Inspectors General on Integrity and Efficiency (CIGIE), an independent agency in the executive branch and the inspector general at the Department of Justice, said in a statement that Michael Atkinson was known for his “integrity, pro- fessionalism, and commitment to the rule of law and independent oversight.” “This includes CIGIE’s Pandemic Response Accountability Committee and its efforts on behalf of American taxpayers, families, businesses, patients, and health care providers to ensure that over $2 trillion dollars in emergency federal spending is being used consistently with the law’s mandate.” Democrats have expressed concerns about how the fiscal package will be doled out through the U.S. Treasury, headed by Michael Atkinson Steven Mnuchin.