(NewsReady.com) – On April 3, President Donald Trump made the decision to fire the Inspector General for the US Intelligence Community. The official, Michael Atkinson, is the person who sent the whistleblower complaint to Congress, a decision which triggered the impeachment of the president. Some lawmakers believe that’s what distracted the government in the early stages of the coronavirus pandemic.
Trump sent a letter to Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA), the chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, informing him of the decision. The president explained it’s “vital” that he has “confidence” in his appointees and that’s no longer the case with Atkinson.
Trump’s dead of night decision to fire ICIG Michael Atkinson is another blatant attempt to gut the independence of the Intelligence Community and retaliate against those who dare to expose presidential wrongdoing.
It puts our country and national security at even greater risk. pic.twitter.com/Pnm7chdIkl
— Adam Schiff (@RepAdamSchiff) April 4, 2020
On March 5, Atkinson issued a statement saying he was “disappointed and saddened” by the president’s decision to remove him. He went on to say he was just doing his job.
The former inspector general’s decision to send the complaint to Congress is how House Democrats built their case for impeachment. There was obviously no way Trump could have confidence in him after that.
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