Grassley scolds White House after counsel ‘failed’ to explain Trump’s firing of inspectors general

Sen. Chuck Grassley fumed after the White House’s top lawyer “failed” in his view to adequately explain the reasoning behind President Trump’s firing of the inspectors general for the State Department and Intelligence Community.

Grassley, an Iowa Republican who has established a long-running reputation for defending agency watchdogs and whistleblowers, demanded answers from the White House over the past two months after Trump removed Intelligence Community Inspector General Michael Atkinson followed by State Department Inspector General Steve Linick.

He found the five-page letter he received from White House Counsel Pat Cipollone on Tuesday to be lacking.

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