The president informed Congress of the move in a Friday-evening letter to the House and Senate intelligence committees.
President Donald Trump has fired the intelligence community’s chief watchdog, Michael Atkinson, who was the first to sound the alarm to Congress last September about an “urgent” complaint he received from an intelligence official involving Trump’s communications with Ukraine’s president.
Atkinson’s decision set in motion the congressional probe that culminated in Trump’s impeachment and ultimate acquittal in a bruising political and legal drama that consumed Washington for months.
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WNU Editor: Sending this letter to US Senate minority leader Schumer two weeks ago in the middle of a global pandemic that is going to kill hundreds of thousands of lives was probably the straw that broke the camel’s back …. (click here for letter). More here …. ‘A searing time for whistleblowers’: Ousted intel watchdog wrote private letter to Schumer (Politico). In any other past administration Intelligence Community Inspector General Michael Atkinson would have been fired immediately. The fact that he is trying to resurrect President Trump’s and Ukraine President Zelinsky’s phone call and the impeachment fiasco that followed in the middle of a global crisis impacting billions of people is bewildering. But what is even more bewildering is that it took President Trump this long to fire him.
Trump fires intelligence official involved in his impeachment probe — Reuters
Trump fires watchdog who handled Ukraine complaint — AP
Trump fires intelligence official who had key impeachment role — AFP
Trump fires Michael Atkinson, intelligence IG who told Congress about Ukraine phone call — FOX News
Trump defends firing intelligence community watchdog — CNN