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Opinion A promise Joe Biden should break

Joseph Cuffari, inspector general for the Department of Homeland Security, has an extensive and documented pattern of failing to credibly oversee the department. He shut down his own investigative team’s efforts to recover texts from around the time of the Jan. 6, 2021, attack on the Capitol from department phones back in February. Danielle Brian: Leaving bad watchdogs in place can be as detrimental as retaliating against them for conducting oversight. Brian: Removing an inspector general is a serious decision, but there must be consequences when a bad inspector general fails to conduct rigorous oversight and report severe problems, and as long as he stays in his job, it will not have a credible watchdog. She says Joe Biden needs to break that promise.

The White House should not tolerate watchdogs who fail to hold their agencies accountable for egregious misconduct. Biden has more than enough evidence to remove