As is the case with regard to other positions … it is vital that I have the fullest confidence in the appointees serving as inspectors general,” the president said in a letter to Congress. That is no longer the case with regard to this inspector general.” Mr. Atkinson, who was appointed to his post by Mr. Trump in 2018, became a key figure in the impeachment inquiry last year when he shepherded a whistleblower complaint from a Central Intelligence Agency officer about the president’s July call with his Ukrainian counterpart.

Under law, Mr. Trump is allowed to remove the inspector general of the intelligence community 30 days after notifying the congressional intelligence committees of his intention and justification for doing so.

Wall Street Journal story on Trump’s intent to fire the Inspector General for the intelligence community,” with the paraphrased justification that he pissed me off.”

If you want to serve this President, you cannot keep your conscience or uphold your oath of office.

April 4, 2020

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