BREAKING: Trump Fires Intelligence Community Inspector General Who Told Congress About Whistleblower Complaint

 

President Donald Trump has fired Michael Atkinson, the Intelligence Community Inspector General, who brought forward the whistleblower complaint to Congress in light of President Donald Trump’s conversation with Ukraine’s president – which later led to the impeachment proceedings.

The news comes late Friday night, in a letter obtained by CNN, which states Atkinson is set to be booted in 30 days from his post.

In the letter penned by Trump addressed to House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff (D-CA) and Ranking Member Devin Nunes (R-CA), the president writes that he lost trust in Atkinson.

“As is the case with regard to other positions where I, as president, have the power of appointment, by and with the advice and consent of the Senate, it is vital that I have the fullest confidence in the appointees serving as inspectors general,” Trump stated in the letter.

Trump added, “That is no longer the case with regard to this inspector general.”

By law, the president must notify the intelligence communities with reasoning for the decision – a month in advance of the IG’s last day on the job.

Schiff responded in a statement minutes after the announcement was made public:

Watch above, via Fox News.

This post has been updated with additional information. 

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