President Donald Trump officially overruled Nancy Pelosi and nominated a White House lawyer to the new role to oversee the stimulus package.
Trump picked Brian Miller today as the Special Inspector General for Pandemic Recovery.
This is a new position with the Treasury Department and there was a lot of fighting over the pick.
Pelosi and the Dems wanted someone with no ties to Trump while Trump wanted who he wanted.
Congress will still have some oversight ability as they have a committee to monitor the funds but as Pelosi is fine with Wall Street getting a massive bailout (again) it is hard to see Pelosi raising a big stink about the program if it goes south so her opposition rings hollow.
“The Inspector General providing oversight of the federal response of this historic relief package for workers and families must be independent from politics,” House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said according to Reuters. “The President’s nomination of one of his own lawyers clearly fails that test.
From The Daily Caller:
Miller currently serves as Special Assistant to the President and Senior Associate Counsel in the Office of White House Counsel. Trump first announced his intent to nominate Miller to this new position Friday.
The Senate received the nomination Monday morning and previously confirmed him to serve as the IG for the General Services Administration, where according to the White house, “he led more than 300 auditors, special agents, attorneys, and support staff in conducting nationwide audits and investigations.”
“Miller also served in high-level positions within the Department of Justice, including as Senior Counsel to the Deputy Attorney General and as Special Counsel on Healthcare Fraud,” the White House added. “He also served as an Assistant United States Attorney in the Eastern District of Virginia, where he handled civil fraud, False Claims Act, criminal, and appellate cases.”
Miller’s nomination comes shortly after House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, at the suggestion of Democratic California Rep. Adam Schiff, launched a new select committee to investigate the president’s response to the pandemic.
“We face a deadly virus and a battered economy with millions of Americans suddenly out of work. Congress has taken an important step in leading this crisis by passing three bills with over $2 trillion in emergency relief,” she said of the effort. “We need to ensure those dollars are spent carefully and effectively.”