Trump Fired the Intelligence Official Who Alerted Congress to the Whistleblower Complaint

Trump Fired the Intelligence Official Who Alerted Congress to the Whistleblower Complaint

Trump Fired the Intelligence Official Who Alerted Congress to the Whistleblower Complaint

With the country focused on a novel coronavirus that has killed more than 7,000 Americans and could kill perhaps scores of thousands more, Trump moved to fire Michael Atkinson, the intelligence community's inspector general who helped set the president's impeachment in motion previous year. The president said he "no longer" has the "fullest confidence" in Atkinson. The letter says the removal will be effective "30 days from today".

President Trump fires people for telling the truth. Trump was impeached by the Democrat-led House, but the Republican led Senate acquitted him in February.

"The work of the intelligence community has never been about loyalty to a single individual; it's about keeping us all safe from those who wish to do our country harm", Warner, the vice-chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee, said.

"Inspector General Atkinson is known throughout the Inspector General community for his integrity, professionalism, and commitment to the rule of law and independent oversight", Horowitz said in a statement.

Trump said he will submit to the Senate his nomination for a replacement at a later date, according to NBC.

The officials spoke on condition of anonymity because Atkinson's administrative leave has not been announced.

Critics immediately termed the incident as yet another so-called "Friday Night Massacre", an allusion to the Watergate scandal that eventually engulfed and brought down another Republican president.

The bombshell move to remove Michael Atkinson comes as the administration is struggling to cope with a coronavirus pandemic that has killed thousands of Americans.

"We should all be deeply disturbed by ongoing attempts to politicize the nation's intelligence agencies", Warner said.

The Inspector General Community will continues to conduct aggressive, independent oversight of the agencies that we oversee.

The whistle-blower accused Trump of dangling military aid and a one-on-one meeting between the two leaders in exchange for Zelensky publicly announcing a corruption investigation into former Vice President Joe Biden.

Schiff's remark about Trump "decapitating" the intelligence community also took in the recent departure of acting director of national intelligence Joseph Maguire, who was controversially replaced by Trump loyalist Richard Grenell. "We're not here to create a slush fund for Donald Trump and his family, or a slush fund for the Treasury Department to be able to hand out to their friends", said U.S. Senator Elizabeth Warren of MA.

According to information sent to Newsweek by the Office of the Director of National Intelligence, Thomas Monheim will become the acting Intelligence Community Inspector General.

House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff, who led the House impeachment inquiry, said 'the president's dead of night decision puts our country and national security at even greater risk'.

Maguire formally resigned from United States government service in February after Trump made it clear he would not be nominated for the job full time, a source familiar with the matter told CNN.

"He's decapitating the leadership of the intelligence community in the middle of a national crisis", he said.

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