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Politics Senate confirms Trump's watchdog for coronavirus funds

03:20  03 june  2020
03:20  03 june  2020 Source:   thehill.com

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The Senate on Tuesday voted to confirm President Trump's watchdog for the federal government's response to the coronavirus pandemic.

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Senators voted 51-40 on Brian Miller's nomination to be the inspector general for pandemic response. Sen. Doug Jones (D-Ala.), who faces a difficult election in November, was the only Democrat to support his nomination.

Miller will be in charge of overseeing a $500 billion Treasury Department fund created as part of the $2.2 trillion coronavirus relief bill passed in March. The funding is supposed to go toward industries, such as airlines, that have been impacted by the virus.

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Miller, a White House lawyer, has faced deep skepticism from Democrats on whether or not he would be willing to stand up to Trump, who has recently fired several inspectors general including those tied to the impeachment inquiry.

"Your time working as one of President Trump's impeachment defense attorneys should have disqualified you from being nominated to oversee the president's management of one of the largest corporate bailouts in American history. The demands on you will be particularly intense because this president has already fired multiple inspectors general and because he couldn't tolerate any criticism and he has already said that he will muzzle you," Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) told Miller earlier this year.

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Since April, Trump has fired, berated or nominated replacements for inspectors general for the departments of Defense, Education and Health and Human Services, along with the CIA, intelligence community, the State Department, as well as a panel of government watchdogs charged with overseeing the coronavirus response.

Miller, during his confirmation hearing before the Senate Banking Committee, said that he would not be influenced by the president.

"I will be independent. If the president removes me, he removes me. If I am unable to do my job, I will resign. But I will do my job faithfully and independently," Miller told Sen. Jon Tester (D-Mont.).

Miller was previously the IG for the General Services Administration (GSA) from 2005 to 2014, where he feuded with former GSA chief Lurita Doan, a fellow Republican who resigned in 2008 after several alleged ethical violations raised by Miller and other government watchdogs.

Sylvan Lane contributed

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