inspector general


Definition of inspector general 

: a person who heads an inspectorate or a system of inspection (as of an army)

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Lack of training wasn’t found to be a concern in Hawaii, the inspector general’s report said. Audrey Mcavoy, The Seattle Times, "Hawaii’s false missile alert leads to new recommendations," 26 Nov. 2018 McCabe ended up getting fired and being identified by an inspector general’s report as leaking damaging information about Clinton in a bid to shore up his credibility as nonpartisan. Chris Stirewalt, Fox News, "Moral anchors aweigh on Kavanaugh, Rosenstein," 24 Sep. 2018 An inspector general report released in June harshly criticized Strzok and expressed concern about his potential bias, but found no evidence that his political views affected his investigative decisions. Andrew Prokop, Vox, "The FBI just fired Peter Strzok," 13 Aug. 2018 An inspector general report blamed Strzok and FBI lawyer Lisa Page for creating an appearance of impropriety through their texts but found that the outcome of the Clinton investigation wasn't tainted by bias. Author: Eric Tucker, Mary Clare Jalonick, Anchorage Daily News, "FBI agent clashes with GOP at hearing on Russia probe," 13 July 2018 The hearing comes as congressional investigators continue to probe into Department of Justice and FBI oversight after an internal inspector general report criticized leadership at the top levels during the Clinton investigation. CBS News, "FBI's Peter Strzok testifies on anti-Trump bias before House panel -- live updates," 12 July 2018 Ramos’ employer said in a court filing that the concerns were the result of an inspector general investigation, but the company didn’t know what was found. Ian Duncan,, "Capital Gazette shooting suspect's anger flared, and fell silent. Then, police say, it exploded," 8 July 2018 There seemed to be a little something for everyone in the Justice Department's inspector general report on the FBI's actions during the 2016 election. Doug Criss, CNN, "5 things for June 15: FBI report, immigration, Trump Foundation, Argentina, teens," 15 June 2018 In fact, as James Comey notes in a New York Times op-ed on the report, the inspector general’s report affirms the FBI’s conclusion that Clinton’s actions weren’t prosecutable. Eric Levitz, Daily Intelligencer, "DOJ Report Confirms That the President Is a Dishonest Conspiracy Theorist," 14 June 2018

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1702, in the meaning defined above

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: a person who is in charge of a group of inspectors or a system of inspection

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