Dems' Bill Would Require Watchdog Firings To Be For Cause

Law360 (May 22, 2020, 5:06 PM EDT) -- A quartet of senior Democrats introduced a bill on Friday that requires any removal of an inspector general to be for cause, a response to President Donald Trump's allegedly retaliatory firings of watchdogs investigating his administration.

The Inspector General Independence Act would bar the president from removing any inspector general from their role outside of nine specific reasons, such as permanent incapacity, neglect of their duties or an abuse of their authority, which would require documentation to prove.

"Unfortunately, this bill has become necessary because the Trump administration has launched a campaign against inspectors general for doing their jobs, for investigating...

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