(Tea Party PAC) – On Friday, President Donald Trump sent notice to Congress that he is ousting one of the key figures in the Democrats’ sham impeachment attempt which began last summer, Inspector General Michael Atkinson.
Atkinson, the IG to the intelligence community, is the official responsible for the whistleblower complaint alleging that Trump had committed impeachable offenses during a conversation in July 2016, with President Volodymyr Zelensky of Ukraine.
The complaint came from a CIA officer who had been on detail in the White House at the time of the phone call between the two world leaders.
“This is to advise that I am exercising my power as President to remove from office the Inspector General of the Intelligence Community,” the letters sent to the House and Senate Intelligence Committees stated.
“It is vital that I have the fullest confidence in the appointees serving as Inspectors General,” the letters read. “That is no longer the case with regard to this Inspector General.”
The order will take effect in 30 days, the notice explained.
Atkinson’s testimony before a closed-door session headed by notorious House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff (D-CA) was concealed from the Trump impeachment team by the House Democrats impeachment managers, one of who was Schiff.
NBC reported on this latest development, which was met with the predictable melt-down from the left:
Two Congressional sources told NBC News Atkinson was informed Friday night that Trump had fired him, and he has been placed on administrative leave effective immediately.
The statute technically requires that both intelligence committees be notified by Trump 30 days before the effective date of the IG’s removal, and placing him on administrative leave is being viewed by Congress as a way to effectively circumvent this requirement and sideline him right away.
Atkinson is a Trump appointee who was confirmed by the Senate in 2018. He is a career Department of Justice prosecutor.
Trump has said he will submit his nomination for a replacement to the Senate on a later occasion, NBC reports.
In January, the Washington Examiner reported:
Democrats clamoring for more witnesses at President Trump’s impeachment trial are concealing one of those questioned in the House investigation, President Trump’s defense team says.
Rep. Adam B. Schiff, California Democrat, and other impeachment managers repeatedly talk about the 17 witnesses interviewed during the House’s secretive depositions. But they do not mention an 18th witness, Michael Atkinson, the intelligence community’s inspector general who has firsthand knowledge of the origins of the whistleblower complaint that led to the impeachment.
Members of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence who conducted the interview are barred from disclosing details. But Republicans on the committee said the testimony should be heard at the president’s impeachment trial in the Senate.