The President of the United States of America, Donald Trump has fired Michael Atkinson, who was the first to inform Congress about anonymous Ukraine complaint that led to the presidents failed impeachment.
According to a letter obtained by The Associated Press, Trump informed the Senate intelligence committee on Friday of his decision to fire Michael Atkinson, the inspector general for the intelligence community.
In the letter, Trump said it is “vital” that he has confidence in the appointees serving as inspectors general, and “that is no longer the case with regard to this inspector general”.
Trump did not elaborate, except to say that “it is extremely important that we promote the economy, efficiency and effectiveness of federal programs and activities,” and that inspectors general are critical to those goals.
Recall that Atkinson was the first to inform Congress about an anonymous whistleblower complaint last year that described Trump’s pressure on Ukraine to investigate Democrat Joe Biden and his son.
That complaint prompted a House investigation that ultimately resulted in Trump’s impeachment.