The Department of Defense’s Office of Inspector General, in a controversial new report, offered unabashed praise of military leaders for their reaction to the “chaotic and confusing situation” on Jan. 6.
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The White House lacks an important mechanism for accountability, documenting wrongdoing and executing corrective action. A quasi-inspector general tasked with ensuring proper function of the staff and free from interference from other senior officials could offer a solution.
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The report found no evidence that the Park Police cleared the park of racial justice marchers so that then-President Trump could walk through the park for a photo-op at St. John’s Episcopal Church.
Could Congress build a kind of distributed truth commission on the back of a system that already investigates misconduct in every important agency in the federal government: the network of inspectors general?