Chairs Maloney, DeFazio, and Connolly Issue Statement on DOT Response to Inquiry About the Removal of Former IG

May 21, 2020
Press Release

Washington, D.C. (May 21, 2020)—Today, Rep. Carolyn B. Maloney, the Chairwoman of the Committee on Oversight and Reform, Rep. Peter A. DeFazio, the Chair of the Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure, and Rep. Gerald E. Connolly, the Chair of the Oversight and Reform Subcommittee on Government Operations, issued the following statement after the Department of Transportation responded to letters the Chairs sent this week opposing President Donald Trump’s replacement of former Acting Inspector General Mitch Behm and questioning the new Acting Inspector General’s conflicts of interest:

“The response today from the Department of Transportation actually seems to be trying to defend the idea that someone can serve both as a political appointee reporting directly to the Secretary and as an independent Inspector General charged with overseeing the Secretary’s actions.  Of course, this is absurd, and it ignores the very definition of a conflict of interest.  The fact that the Department does not understand this basic principle is extremely troubling and reflects a much broader deficiency with ethics across the entire Trump Administration. Our Committees will continue investigating this attack on the independence of Inspectors General.”

 
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