Trump Informs The Senate Intelligence Committee On His Decision To Fire Michael Atkinson

Trump Informs The Senate Intelligence Committee On His Decision To Fire Michael Atkinson

Trump Informs The Senate Intelligence Committee On  His Decision To Fire Michael Atkinson

President Donald Trump informed the Senate intelligence committee on Friday of his decision to fire Michael Atkinson, according to a letter obtained by The Associated Press. Trump has fired the inspector general for the intelligence community who handled the whistleblower complaint that triggered his impeachment.

Trump informed the Senate intelligence committee on Friday of his decision to fire Michael Atkinson, according to a letter obtained by The Associated Press.

Trump said in the letter that it is "vital" that he has confidence in the appointees serving as inspectors general, and "that is no longer the case with regard to this inspector general".

After a firestorm, the White House released the complaint, revealing that Trump had asked Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy in a July call to investigate the Bidens. The House launched an inquiry, and three months later voted to impeach Trump. The Republican-led Senate acquitted Trump in February.

Trump said in the letter that he would nominate an individual "who has my full confidence" at a later date.

Democrats reacted swiftly to Atkinson's removal. The top Democrat on the Senate intelligence panel, Virginia Senator Mark Warner, said it was "unconscionable" that Trump would fire Atkinson amid the coronavirus pandemic.

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

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".

Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer, from New York, said in a statement that "President Trump fires people for telling the truth".

Atkinson's firing is part of a larger shakeup in the intelligence community.

Maguire, the former acting Director of National Intelligence, was also removed and replaced by a Trump loyalist, Richard Grenell. Trump has nominated Texas Representative John Ratcliffe to the permanent position, but the Senate has yet to move on his nomination.


  • Source: AP NEWS AGENCY



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