Schumer Statement on Nomination of Brian Miller to be Special Inspector General for Pandemic Recovery

April 4, 2020

Washington, D.C. — Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer released the following statement after President Trump announced his intent to nominate Brian Miller to be Special Inspector General for Pandemic Recovery:

“This oversight position, which will be responsible for overseeing hundreds of billions of taxpayer dollars, requires complete independence from the president and any other interested party to assure the American people that all decisions are made without fear or favor. To nominate a member of the president’s own staff is exactly the wrong type of person to choose for this position.

“Given this administration’s total disregard for the rule of law and basic ethics, strong oversight is more important during the Trump presidency than at any other time in American history. This is exactly why Democrats fought to secure in the recent coronavirus response legislation the enactment of multiple layers of oversight, transparency and accountability, including a committee of existing inspectors general with subpoena power and GAO review, in addition to the Special IG, comprehensive public reporting requirements and a Congressional Oversight Commission. We’ll be watching this administration like a hawk.”