Erick Tucker, The Associated Press

  • Then-State Department Inspector General Steve Linick leaves a meeting in a secure area at the Capitol on Oct. 2, 2019. (J. Scott Applewhite/AP)
    Ousted State watchdog confirms investigations into Pompeo

    The investigation is part of a larger congressional efforts to find out more about President Trump’s recent moves to sideline several independent government watchdogs.

  • A military Humvee blocks an intersection along K Street in downtown Washington as demonstrators protest the death of George Floyd, Monday, June 1, 2020, in Washington. Floyd died after being restrained by Minneapolis police officers. (Alex Brandon/AP)
    Presidents have leeway to use military for domestic purposes

    President Donald Trump’s warning that he would deploy the United States military to any state that refuses to take aggressive action against rioting rests on a longstanding presidential power that gives wide latitude to the White House, legal experts said Monday.

  • White House counsel Pat Cipollone listens as President Donald Trump speaks during a coronavirus task force briefing in the Rose Garden of the White House on March 29, 2020. (Patrick Semansky/AP)
    White House responds to trend of firing inspectors general

    Sen. Chuck Grassley, an ally of the president, says that “without sufficient explanation, it’s fair to question the president’s rationale for removing an inspector general. If the president has a good reason to remove an inspector general, just tell Congress what it is."

  • Glenn Fine, acting inspector general at the U.S. Defense Department, testifies during a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing. (Drew Angerer/Getty Images)
    Trump removes acting Pentagon inspector general from job

    President Donald Trump has sidelined the inspector general who was tapped to chair a special oversight board of the $2.2 trillion economic package intended to help businesses and individuals affected by the new coronavirus, officials said Tuesday.