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Politics Schumer speaks with 'hero' intelligence inspector general fired by Trump

07:56  05 april  2020
07:56  05 april  2020 Source:   washingtonexaminer.com

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President Donald Trump has fired Michael Atkinson, the inspector general for the intelligence community who handled the whistleblower complaint His firing comes as part of a wider shake-up of the intelligence community. It comes at a time when the White House is grappling to bring the US

Amid Coronavirus Pandemic, Trump Fires Inspector General Who Handled Ukraine Whistleblower Trump informed the Senate intelligence committee late Friday of his decision to fire Michael Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer , D-N.Y., said Trump “ fires people for telling the truth.”

A day after he was abruptly fired by President Trump, outgoing Intelligence Community Inspector General Michael Atkinson spoke on the phone with Senate Minority Chuck Schumer.

Chuck Schumer wearing a suit and tie © Provided by Washington Examiner

The New York Democrat said Saturday evening that he told the independent watchdog, whom defenders fear was removed to settle a score stemming from the impeachment saga, he will be remembered as a "hero."

"I spoke to Inspector General Michael Atkinson tonight, thanked him for his service, and told him that history will remember him as a hero and those who retaliated against him as scoundrels," Schumer tweeted.

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Trump informed the Senate intelligence committee late Friday of his decision to fire Michael Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer , D-N.Y., said Trump “ fires people for telling the truth.” “ Inspector General Atkinson is known throughout the Inspector General community for his integrity

Trump notified Congress late Friday he was exercising his power to remove Atkinson from the inspector general role, effective in 30 days, because he "no longer" had the fullest confidence in him. The president said he would submit a replacement “who has my full confidence and who meets the appropriate qualifications” at a later date.

The Office of the Director of National Intelligence later announced Thomas Monheim, a career intelligence professional and retired colonel from the U.S. Air Force Reserves, was taking on the role.

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President Trump said he intends to fire the intelligence -community inspector general who determined the whistleblower complaint regarding Firing of Inspector General Michael Atkinson, who reviewed Ukraine whistleblower complaint, is latest in series of intelligence -community removals.

President Trump gave notice to Congress that he plans to fire the inspector general for the intelligence community, Michael Atkinson.Credit Erin Schaff/The New York Times.

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Trump offered more insight into his dismay with Atkinson during the White House Coronavirus Task Force briefing on Saturday. “I thought he did a terrible job — absolutely terrible. He took a whistleblower report which turned out to be a fake report. It was fake. It was totally wrong," he said.

Last year, Atkinson determined a whistleblower complaint from a CIA analyst about a phone call Trump had with Ukraine's president related to a CrowdStrike conspiracy theory and an effort to have Ukraine investigate former Vice President Joe Biden to be "urgent" and "credible." The inspector general forwarded the complaint to then-acting Director of National Intelligence Joseph Maguire, who did not give Atkinson permission to share it with Congress after seeking guidance from the White House and Justice Department, but did allow him to notify them of its existence.

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President Trump has fired the inspector general for the intelligence community, saying he “no longer” has confidence in the key government News: President Trump has fired the intelligence community’s chief watchdog, Michael Atkinson, who was the first to sound the alarm to Congress

President Donald Trump on Friday fired Intelligence Community Inspector General Michael Atkinson, who had told Congress about the whistleblower complaint that led to Trump 's impeachment, the President told Congress in a letter obtained by CNN.

An investigation ensued, and the president was impeached by the House in December on charges of abuse of power and obstruction of Congress. He was acquitted on both articles of impeachment by the Senate following a trial in February.

Two weeks before he was fired, Atkinson sent a letter to Schumer in which he said the past six months had been “a searing time for whistleblowers,” and criticized public officials who fail to protect these people when "the stakes are highest." This letter, obtained by Politico, came in response to Schumer reaching out about the treatment of Lt. Col. Alexander Vindman, who was removed from the National Security Council after testifying against the president during the impeachment investigation.

Sen. Chuck Grassley, an Iowa Republican who is a leader in the Senate Whistleblower Protection Caucus, demanded the Trump administration provide more of an explanation about the removal of Atkinson, who is on administrative leave until his firing becomes official next month.

"Congress has been crystal clear that written reasons must be given when IGs are removed for a lack of confidence. More details are needed from the administration," the Iowa Republican said.

Republican, Democratic senators press Trump for more on IG firing .
The senators want a written explanation for the removal of the intelligence community inspector general who flagged the Ukraine complaint.Trump on Friday, citing a loss in confidence, told Congress he was removing Michael Atkinson, the inspector general of the intelligence community who deemed the complaint an "urgent concern" that he was required by law to provide to the congressional intelligence committees.

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