Trump, chafing at oversight, takes aim at inspectors general

WASHINGTON (AP) — Even for a president with a “you’re fired” catchphrase and penchant for norm-shattering conduct, Donald Trump’s firing or demotions of inspectors general have been notably brazen for their appearance of retaliation and vindictiveness. The moves have come as official Washington has been consumed by the coronavirus. They’ve taken aim at the close-knit community of government watchdogs whose work presidents may not always like but learn to tolerate. And they’ve raised alarms because they’ve been accompanied by minimal to zero explanation and have resulted in promotions for people with dubious qualifications and, in some cases, apparent conflicts. House investigators are scheduled to interview fired State Department watchdog Steve Linick on Wednesday.