President Donald Trump was surrounded by impeachment inquiry from December last year to February of 2020. During the impeachment process, he made several nasty comments on House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and other Democratic leaders. Trump even fired the administration staff who were against him in his fight to save his presidency. In the latest development, President Donald Trump fired the intelligence community’s chief watchdog, Michael Atkinson. Michael was the first to give an idea to Congress last September about an urgent complaint he received from the intelligence team, which involved Trump’s phone conversations with Ukraine’s President.
It was only after Atkinson’s complaint, a congressional probe was ordered against President Trump, and it led to the impeachment process. Luckily, with the majority of Republicans in the Senate, Trump was acquitted in a political & legal battle that went on for months in Washington. On Friday, President notified the Senate and House Intelligence Committees about his intention to remove Atkinson from his post, which comes into effect after 30 days. The letter by the President obtained by Politico says - “This is to advise that I am exercising my power as the President to remove from office the inspector general of the intelligence community, effective 30 days from today,” wrote the President in his letter.
He further added, “As is the case with regards to other positions where I, as a president have the power to appoint, by and with the advice and consent of the Senate, it is vital that I have the fullest confidence in the appointees serving as inspectors general. That confidence is no longer the case with regards to this inspector general.” He also stated that he would appoint a new nominee for the vacant position at a later date. Democrats blasted the President and termed it as an abuse of power at a dangerous level while the country is suffering from a pandemic. Senator Mark Warner, the vice-chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee, termed the move as “unconscionable.” He further said - “During a national emergency, it is unconscionable that the President is repeatedly attempting to undermine the integrity of the intelligence community by removing another official for doing their job.”
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