(Tea Party PAC) – President Trump has had to face an enemy that the vast majority of former presidents in this country have never had to take on during their time in office. An enemy isn’t some foreign entity that wants to destroy the Western way of life, nor is it radical Islamic terrorism. It’s the Deep State, a faction of “resistors” to his administration within the government who have actively worked to sabotage his administration and prevent any sort of real progression forward for his agenda to restore America to prosperity.
There are many different individuals in different organizations and levels of authority that are part of this group, including former Intelligence Community Inspector General Michael Atkinson, who was fired from his position by the president last Friday.
Trump stated that he decided to let Atkinson go because he had lost all confidence in his ability to be trusted.
Here’s more from Gateway Pundit:
Atkinson was identified in the most recent FISA abuse report by the DOJ IG Horowitz as one of the individuals who was involved in FISA abuse which provides President Trump cover for firing Atkinson:
…The recent IG report that outlines Atkinson’s gross incompetence in the FISA scandal, vis-a-vis the 42 DOJ-NSD Accuracy Reviews, is the atomic shield against the political narrative….
But corrupt politicians like lying Adam Schiff, who pushed forward the unconstitutional and criminal impeachment of President Trump are up in arms about the President’s action:
Trump’s dead of night decision to fire ICIG Michael Atkinson is another blatant attempt to gut the independence of the Intelligence Community and retaliate against those who dare to expose presidential wrongdoing.
It puts our country and national security at even greater risk. pic.twitter.com/Pnm7chdIkl
— Adam Schiff (@RepAdamSchiff) April 4, 2020
Prior to becoming IC Inspector General, Michael Atkinson was the Acting Deputy Assistant Attorney General and Senior Counsel to the Assistant Attorney General of the National Security Division, Mary McCord.
President Trump’s letter discussing the move and his reason behind it:
The Deep State are a group of traitors who are actively working within the government, abusing the power they’ve been entrusted with, to stop an agenda from going forward that would actually benefit the people they have promised to serve and help.
Individuals in this core group of resistors actually hate the president more than they love the country they are working for, which should result in their being removed from the positions they occupy. This is not what they were hired to do.
Now, that doesn’t mean they have to agree with Trump’s agenda, but there is a proper way to oppose measures by the president. Purposefully attempting to organzie a coup to have him impeached and overthrow a legitimate election is not one of them.
It is very safe to say Mary McCord and Michael Atkinson have a working relationship from their time together in 2016 and 2017 at the DOJ-NSD. Atkinson was Mary McCord’s senior legal counsel; essentially her lawyer.
McCord was the senior intelligence officer who accompanied Sally Yates to the White House in 2017 to confront then White House Counsel Don McGahn about the issues with National Security Advisor Michael Flynn and the drummed up controversy over the Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak phone call.
Additionally, Mary McCord, Sally Yates and Michael Atkinson worked together to promote the narrative around the incoming Trump administration “Logan Act” violations. This silly claim (undermining Obama policy during the transition) was the heavily promoted, albeit manufactured, reason why Yates and McCord were presumably concerned about Flynn’s contact with Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak. It was nonsense.
Atkinson used his position and power to make sure that the form for whistleblowers was updated to allow for the use of second hand information, which is precisely what the whistleblower that kickstarted Trump’s impeachment trial provided in the complaint he submitted. Despite the fact this complaint shouldn’t have been accepted due to being second-hand information and because the subject of the complaint was about the President of the United States who isn’t even a member of the intelligence community, Atkinson approved the complaint.
Margot Cleveland, a writer over at The Federalist, made some interesting observation about the timing of when Atkinson made changes to the form and the kind of requirments that complaints are to be based on:
As Davis noted, the revised form “was uploaded on September 24, 2019, at 4:25 p.m., just days before the anti-Trump complaint was declassified and released to the public. The markings on the document state that it was revised in August 2019, but no specific date of revision is disclosed,” and the whistleblower’s complaint was dated August 12, 2019.
It is unclear whether the whistleblower submitted a form with his nine-page dossier, and if so what form, as none was declassified. One suggestion that a form was submitted is the OIG’s summary of the complaint: “According to the ICIG, statements made by the President during the call could be viewed as soliciting a foreign campaign contribution in violation of the campaign-finance laws.”
Yet nothing in the whistleblower’s complaint mentioned potential foreign campaign contributions. Was that the ICIG’s gloss of the complaint, or was that the summary the whistleblower used on the form?
Frankly, it does not matter which, if any, form the whistleblower used: What matters is whether the ICIG changed its position on accepting complaints under the ICWPA. If, prior to this charge against Trump, the ICIG refused to accept complaints based on second-hand information, but altered its procedure to trigger the ICWPA for the president, that is a huge scandal and implicates many besides the so-called whistleblower.
While the whistleblower’s plot to manipulate the ICWPA is obvious from the complaint, and so is his inaccurate partial quote of the statutory definition of “urgent concern,” the change in the form suggests complicity in the ICIG’s office. The director of national intelligence, who oversees the ICIG, should immediately investigate the investigator and determine whether there was a change in policy, when it occurred, why it occurred, and who initiated the change.
Given the actions of Atkinson, it certainly seems that President Trump was justified in kicking him to the curb. No president, not even a Democratic one, should have to deal with this kind of nonsense within the government while he’s attempting to lead our country. We should all be rooting for whoever sits in the White House to enact good policies that line up with the Constitution and help the American people while preserving liberty.
There are legitimate means of defeating bad policies or of opposing a president that doesn’t require corruption and underhanded techniques. That’s the way things are supposed to be done.