Inspector General dismissed by Donald Trump for doing his job well
Former intelligence community inspector general, Michael Atkinson, on Sunday night Monday issued a statement calling his dismissal biased because he complied with his “legal obligation”.
"It is hard not to think that the President's loss of confidence in me derives from my having faithfully discharged my legal obligations as an independent and impartial Inspector General, and from my commitment to continue to do so," Atkinson said.
A powerful message from Inspector Gen. Atkinson after his retaliatory firing:— Adam Schiff (@RepAdamSchiff) April 6, 2020
“The American people deserve an honest and effective government. They are counting on you to use authorized channels to bravely speak up...
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US President Donald Trump previously criticized the fired Atkinson for his inability to distinguish between a fake whistleblower report and the real one. Subsequently, the actions of Michael Atkinson almost led to the impeachment of Donald Trump, but the president was acquitted, and Trump included the word “disgrace” in the evaluation characterization of the work of the former Inspector General.
And although impeachment did not occur, one politician from the ranks of the Republicans nevertheless decided to oppose the current president. It was Mitt Romney (R-Utah), he became the only Republican senator who felt that Trump should leave the post of head of the United States.
“This is to advise that I am exercising my power as President to remove from office the Inspector General of the Intelligence Community, effective 30 days from today,” Trump wrote to leading members of the House and Senate Intelligence committees in a letter on Friday, reports The Hill. “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,” he added. “That is no longer the case with regard to this Inspector General.”