OPINION| Earlier this week President Trump removed the Inspector General for the Intelligence Community, Michael Atkinson. The move resulted in Barack Obama’s former CIA Chief, John Brennan, lashing out at the President.
In a letter to both the House and Senate Inelegance Committees, President Trump wrote:
‘It is extremely important that we promote the economy, efficiency, and effectiveness of the Federal programs and activities. The Inspectors General have a critical role in the achievement of those goals. 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. That is no longer the case with regard to this Inspector General.’
‘President Trump is firing Intelligence Community Inspector General Michael Atkinson, two congressional sources confirm to NPR.
In a letter to the Senate Intelligence Committee chairs Friday, Trump said he “no longer” has the fullest confidence in Atkinson. The letter says the removal will be effective “30 days from today.”
Atkinson first raised concerns about a complaint involving President Trump’s communications with Ukraine, which led to the impeachment inquiry.
An intelligence official tells NPR that Tom Monheim, a career intelligence professional, will become the acting inspector general of the intelligence community.
Atkinson received a complaint in August 2019 about allegedly improper commitments made by President Trump to Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy. The complaint was later released by the House Intelligence Committee, leading the White House to release an account of the call in which Trump asked Ukraine’s president to investigate the family of former Vice President Joe Biden. The events led to a historic, contentious impeachment inquiry.’
On Saturday President Trump criticized Atkinson, the soon to be former IGIC, over the way he handled the anonymous whistleblower’s complaint, which lead the nation into Trump’s impeachment saga, which the President called a ‘disgrace.’
‘Former CIA Director John Brennan on Saturday lashed out at President Trump for firing Intel Community IG Michael Atkinson.
Brennan has now failed twice to remove President Trump from office.
Brennan was the architect of Spygate and he planted the CIA ‘whistleblower’ inside the White House to try to take down Trump with the Ukraine impeachment hoax.
‘One more example of Trump removing those who seek to stop his lawlessness. All Americans fed up with Trump’s incompetence, venality, & narcissism have the opportunity to “fire” him in November—the most important election of our lifetime.’
One more example of Trump removing those who seek to stop his lawlessness. All Americans fed up with Trump’s incompetence, venality, & narcissism have the opportunity to “fire” him in November—the most important election of our lifetime. https://t.co/wvpjWsnCOQ
— John O. Brennan (@JohnBrennan) April 4, 2020
To this day Speaker Pelosi and Adam Schiff still won’t release transcripts of Atkinson’s secret basement testimony that exonerated President Trump and indict the whistleblower of perjury!’
The nation is anxiously awaiting the results of US Attorney, John Durham’s, report into what has come to be known as ‘Spygate.’
I wonder if this development is a signal that team Trump is finally going to start going after those who sought, and continue to seek, to undermine the laws of our land. Only time will tell.
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