In the shadow of the coronavirus pandemic, President Donald Trump is taking ever bolder steps to gut the government structures designed to ensure the rule of law in the US.

In the past week alone, he’s fired two prominent inspectors-general: the intelligence community inspector-general (IG) who received the whistle-blower complaint that sparked Trump’s impeachment; and the defence department inspector-general, who had just been named by a group of other inspectors-general to oversee the coronavirus bailout effort...

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