The Senate on Tuesday approved Brian Miller as a special inspector general to oversee the recovery from the coronavirus pandemic. Miller was appointed by Donald Trump, supported by Republicans.
Alabama Senator Doug Jones was the only Democrat to vote for Miller. Only 51 senators voted in favor, 40 votes were against.
Miller, a White House lawyer since 2018, previously worked as a federal prosecutor and inspector general in the administration of general services. As the fund’s special inspector general, Miller will oversee $ 500 billion of treasury operations from the budget, conduct audits and investigations on payments related to the CARES Act. Miller will also work as an independent observer in the Ministry of Finance.
Miller’s independence was called into question by the Democrats, given his work at the Trump’s White House office.