Glenn Fine Will No Longer Lead Stimulus Package Oversight Panel

Glenn Fine Will No Longer Lead Stimulus Package Oversight Panel
The president has replaced Fine as acting DOD inspector general, meaning he can't chair the COVID-19 stimulus package oversight panel.

Glenn Fine will no longer lead the panel Congress created to oversee the implementation of a $2 trillion coronavirus stimulus package. 

The giant stimulus deal is designed to help those affected by the coronavirus pandemic, and lawmakers want to make sure the money isn't being abused. A group of inspectors general selected Fine to serve as chairman last week. 

But on Monday, President Donald Trump reportedly tapped Sean O'Donnell, the inspector general of the Environmental Protection Agency, to take over for Fine as acting head of the Pentagon watchdog's office. O'Donnell will also still be inspector general of the EPA. 

The president also nominated Jason Abend, the senior policy adviser at the U.S. Customs and Border Protection, to be the permanent Pentagon inspector general.

Before all that, Fine was working in both the acting and deputy IG positions. A spokeswoman from the Defense Department told reporters he'll still be the principal deputy inspector general at the Pentagon. But since he isn't an acting inspector general anymore, he can't be chairman of the relief package panel. 

It's unclear why the president moved to replace Fine. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said his "sudden removal ...  is part of a disturbing pattern of retaliation by the President against independent overseers."

Contains footage from CNN.