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Trump fired the previous permanent occupant, Michael Atkinson, for his role in informing Congress about a whistleblower complaint that started a domino effect leading to Trump's impeachment.

There are less than 90 days left until the general election. See what Michael Atkinson said about endpoint detection software’s role at election offices in identifying suspicious behavior that indicates an attack. via @AP_Christina  @AP 

Glenn Fine, Defense Department Inspector General - Oversaw $2 trillion in coronavirus emergency funds Michael Atkinson , Intelligence Community Inspector General - Told Congress about whistleblower complaint that led to Impeachment

The reason for the let-off. Ref Martin Atkinson doesn't see it. Michael Oliver, the VAR, does but didn't deem it a red card. FA can't then re-referee it. The Prem's so-called best two refs have between them messed this one up, in my opinion.

@POTUS  is cleaning house alright. He’s getting rid of the Mr. Cleans and replacing our independent watchdogs and IGs with Mr. Cronies. The list includes: Walter Shaub Michael Atkinson Mitchel Behm Glenn Fine Christi Grimm Steve Linick Alexander Vindman

Grassley’s office says the senator will place a hold on “nomination of Christopher C. Miller to be the director of the National Counterterrorism Center until the White House explains why Intelligence Community Inspector General Michael Atkinson was terminated.”

Grassley says he hasn’t gotten an explanation about the firing of the State inspector general but said he’s been told he will be given a rationale for the firing of the Intelligence Community’s inspector general Michael Atkinson sometime this week.

State Department Inspector General Steve Linick joins ousted Intelligence IG Michael Atkinson and Defense IG Glenn Fine. Trump's also nominated a new HHS IG.

State Department Inspector General Steve Linick joins ousted Intelligence IG Michael Atkinson, Defense IG Glenn Fine and HHS deputy IG Christi Grimm.

MILLER declines to say whether, as a member of Trump's White House counsel office, he played a role in the ouster of Michael Atkinson as IC inspector general. He also declines to agree or disagree with Trump's assessment of Atkinson as a "disgrace to IGs"

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BREAKING: President Trump has fired Michael Atkinson, the intelligence watchdog who handled the complaint that triggered his impeachment.

"The president has also discussed removing Michael Atkinson, the intelligence community inspector general. Trump has expressed frustration that he allowed a whistleblower report documenting Trump’s misconduct toward Ukraine to be transmitted to Congress."

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.

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I spoke to Inspector General Michael Atkinson tonight, thanked him for his service, and told him that history will remember him as a hero and those who retaliated against him as scoundrels.

NEW: @RepAdamSchiff  just informed acting DNI Richard Grenell that the House Intelligence Committee is investigating Trump's firing of IC inspector general Michael Atkinson:

As Dems expressed outrage over the Friday night firing of Intelligence Community watchdog Michael Atkinson, silence so far from top Republicans. No comments yet from Senate Intel Chairman Richard Burr, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell or House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy

@realDonaldTrump  fires Michael Atkinson the watchdog Inspector General who forwarded the Ukraine whistleblower complaint to Congress as was required under the law. Another Friday night massacre of an independent intelligence official

NEW: Trump has discussed firing the inspector general for the intelligence community, Michael Atkinson. The president believes Atkinson was disloyal when he deemed the whistleblower's complaint credible and reported it to Congress. #d éjàvu? w @maggieNYT 

House Republicans investigating origins of the Ukraine Whistleblower complaint. ICIG Michael Atkinson facing serious questions. “The Democrats know the ICIG is a major problem-didn’t release his testimony. Looks so much like everything else we’ve seen, from the Russia Hoax, to...

18 individuals deposed or testified behind closed doors. Only one transcript hasn’t been released: ICIG Michael Atkinson. What is @RepAdamSchiff  hiding from the American people?

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