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Senate Confirms Trump Nominee for Nuclear Regulator Watchdog

May 4, 2020, 10:23 PM

The Senate voted 87-0 on Monday to confirm President Donald Trump’s pick for the watchdog agency that oversees the Nuclear Regulatory Commission.

Robert Feitel, who prior to his confirmation was a Department of Justice trial attorney, will serve as the NRC inspector general. The office essentially runs separately from the nuclear regulatory agency and is tasked with rooting out waste, fraud, abuse, and mismanagement.

The Senate’s confirmation of Feitel comes amid continued criticism of the president for firing inspector generals.

Last week, the White House announced that Trump is replacing a Health and Human Services Department inspector general who raised...

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