Maine Senator Susan Collins (R-ME) has taken a stand alongside Senators Mitt Romney (R-UT) and Chuck Grassley (R-IA). These three senators have called out Donald Trump for firing the fourth Inspectors General (IG) in less than two months. She pulled her vote against POTUS’s impeachment after seeing that it would make no difference, so why is she doing this now?
The upcoming 2020 elections are mere months away, and she faces a strong contender in the Democrat Sara Gideon. Still, it takes courage to go after this president whose rage boils and overflows like lava enveloping a mountain village.
Collins pointed to the 2008 bill she co-authored with former Senator Claire McCaskill (D-MO). They called it the “inspector General Reform Act.” As a result, Trump was forced to give Congress 30 days notification “prior to the removal” of an IG and the reasons why:
‘In 2008, I coauthored (sic) with former Sens. McCaskill and Lieberman The Inspector General Reform Act (P.L. 110-40), which among other provisions requires the President to notify Congress 30 days prior to the removal of an Inspector General along with the reasons for the removal.’
The Maine senator added that Trump had not “provided the kind of justification” required by her law. She ran a series of tweets condemning the commander-in-chief:
‘The President has not provided the kind of justification for the removal of IG Linick required by this law.’
‘The investigations and reports of IGs throughout the government help Congress shape legislation and oversight activities – improving government performance, providing important transparency into programs, and giving Americans better value for their tax dollar.’
‘I have long been a strong advocate for the Inspectors General. They are vital partners in Congress’s effort to identify inefficient or ineffective government programs and to root out fraud and other wrongdoing.’
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