Trump Fires Intelligence Community Inspector General, Michael Atkinson

The ICIG, the controversial figure who said the whistleblower complaint leading to Trump’s impeachment, has been fired. Trump sent a letter to Richard Burr (R-NC) Chairman of the Select Committee on Intelligence to inform him of his decision.

The change is to take effect 30 days from the notice, which was sent to the SCI today.

Trump cited lack of full confidence in Atkinson as a major reason for his decision.

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.”

Trump said in his letter to Burr.

As would be expected, critics of the president are already bemoaning the decision as ‘abuse of power’ and ‘retaliation’ for Atkinson’s role in the Ukraine-centered impeachment hearings.

Trump will put forth a nominee for the position ‘at a later date.’

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