Trump: I Fired Inspector General Atkinson For These Reasons.
House Intel chairman Adam Schiff devastated appearing on MSNBC last night, calls the President decision to fire inspector general Atkinson a retaliation.
Schiff claims that President Trump wants to “settle scores” with those on his enemy list.
Trump defended his decision to fire Michael Atkinson on Saturday, the intelligence community inspector general who flagged the Ukraine whistleblower complaint that ended in his impeachment, calling him a “disgrace.”
Trump: I Fired Inspector General Atkinson For These Reasons
“I thought he did a terrible job, absolutely terrible,” Trump said at a press briefing at the White House. “He took a fake report and brought it to Congress… not a big Trump fan, that I can tell you.”
“That man is a disgrace to IGs,” Trump said of Atkinson. “He is a total disgrace.”
President Trump also attacked the whistleblower who first reported the phone call he had with Ukraine that was at the heart of the impeachment inquiry.
President Trump said “They give this whistleblower a status that he doesn’t deserve, he’s a fake whistleblower. And frankly, somebody ought to sue his ass off.”
Trump informed lawmakers late Friday night that he was firing Atkinson, whose insistence that Congress needed to be made aware of a whistleblower complaint about Trump’s interactions with Ukraine kicked off the impeachment proceedings last year.
President Trump had reportedly been considering removing Atkinson since November.
His decision to follow through on Friday sparked immediate criticism from Democrats and government watchdogs who warned that Trump’s pattern of removing officials from their positions that cooperated in the impeachment proceedings was concerning.
“That’s my decision. I have the absolute right,” Trump said, defending Atkinson’s firing.
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