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Fri Apr 3, 2020, 10:54 PM

Trump to Fire Intelligence Watchdog Who Had Key Role in Ukraine Complaint

Source: NY Times

WASHINGTON — President Trump is firing the intelligence community inspector general whose insistence on telling lawmakers about a whistle-blower complaint about his dealings with Ukraine triggered impeachment proceedings last fall, the president told lawmakers in a letter late on Friday.

Mr. Trump is ousting the inspector general, Michael Atkinson, because he lost confidence in him, the president wrote in a letter to leaders of the two congressional intelligence committees. He gave no further explanation.

“As is the case with regard to other positions where I, as president, have the power of appointment, 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,” Mr. Trump wrote. “That is no longer the case with regard to this inspector general.”

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Reply Trump to Fire Intelligence Watchdog Who Had Key Role in Ukraine Complaint (Original post)
Marcuse Apr 3 OP
LiberalFighter Apr 3 #1
Bernardo de La Paz Apr 4 #12
Under The Radar Apr 3 #2
grantcart Apr 3 #3
JudyM Apr 4 #14
BigmanPigman Apr 3 #4
mdbl Apr 4 #13
Yo_Mama_Been_Loggin Apr 3 #5
kimbutgar Apr 4 #6
notdarkyet Apr 5 #25
cstanleytech Apr 4 #7
mdbl Apr 4 #15
LudwigPastorius Apr 4 #8
TomCADem Apr 4 #9
Ford_Prefect Apr 4 #10
bucolic_frolic Apr 4 #11
Judi Lynn Apr 4 #16
Mc Mike Apr 4 #17
bluescribbler Apr 4 #18
Gothmog Apr 4 #19
marieo1 Apr 4 #20
turbinetree Apr 4 #21
NCjack Apr 4 #22
SpankMe Apr 4 #23
geralmar Apr 4 #24
duforsure Apr 5 #26

Response to Marcuse (Original post)

Fri Apr 3, 2020, 10:55 PM

1. Should not be allowed to fire without cause.

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Response to LiberalFighter (Reply #1)

Sat Apr 4, 2020, 08:19 AM

12. Whistleblowers are protected by law. But what does the tRump-Barr criminal gang care about laws?

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Response to Marcuse (Original post)

Fri Apr 3, 2020, 10:56 PM

2. He is just now getting around to that? Man, he has been distracted

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Response to Under The Radar (Reply #2)

Fri Apr 3, 2020, 11:01 PM

3. He waited until Congress was back home


This us how dictatorships begin

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Response to Under The Radar (Reply #2)

Sat Apr 4, 2020, 09:16 AM

14. It's also a shot across the bow to public health officials who step too far away from his narrative.

It’s appalling how non-proactive they’re being when it’s their job to protect the public. The only excuse is if they’re concerned he’ll replace them with one of his know-nothing robots.

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Response to Marcuse (Original post)

Fri Apr 3, 2020, 11:07 PM

4. Why should the worst health and financial crisis

in our lifetime stop him from doing what he always does and lives for...REVENGE!

The fucking moron is a sadistic, narcissistic sociopath whose goal is to kill and bankrupt the liberals.

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Response to BigmanPigman (Reply #4)

Sat Apr 4, 2020, 09:14 AM

13. not just liberals, anyone with integrity

All the positions of oversight are being replaced with stupid sycophants. couple that with a completely irresponsible senate majority leader and you have a government run by criminals.

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Response to Marcuse (Original post)

Fri Apr 3, 2020, 11:19 PM

5. No good deed goes unpunished under Trump

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Response to Marcuse (Original post)

Sat Apr 4, 2020, 12:02 AM

6. Little jerk got this guy fired and an empathetic captain on the navy ship

MF45 can’t even hold a candle to them. Little petty man needs his revenge.

The big payback can’t happen to him soon enough!

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Response to kimbutgar (Reply #6)

Sun Apr 5, 2020, 01:04 PM

25. Need to put him in. Stocks in front of the WH until the buzzards pick his body clean.

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Response to Marcuse (Original post)

Sat Apr 4, 2020, 12:18 AM

7. Anyone want to clue in Trump that he can be criminally charged for any criminal actions he

committed while in office including those of retaliation against civil servants should it be a crime as defined under federal law?

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Response to cstanleytech (Reply #7)

Sat Apr 4, 2020, 09:17 AM

15. and i hope whomever gets into power after him doesn't forget that responsibility

to prosecute Trump for what he's done. Obama certainly did that with the Bush administration - my biggest disappointment in him.

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Response to Marcuse (Original post)

Sat Apr 4, 2020, 12:44 AM

8. ...and, of course he won't name a replacement.


"I never liked dogs. Especially, watchdogs. All they do is eat and throw up on the carpet. That's why I like to say, 'he choked like a dog'. Man's Best Friend...I don't get it. I've already got the best friends. Some people are saying I'm the most loved president of all time. Did you see the crowd at my inauguration? Biggest crowd in history..."

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Response to Marcuse (Original post)

Sat Apr 4, 2020, 12:55 AM

9. Sort of Like How He Fired Pandemic Team

This the fault of Republicans with Mitch McConnell number 1 on the list.

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Response to Marcuse (Original post)

Sat Apr 4, 2020, 12:59 AM

10. Well he is known as Donnie Smalls, and small is as small does...petty, vicious and mean.

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Response to Marcuse (Original post)

Sat Apr 4, 2020, 08:01 AM

11. Dismantling the Rule of Law

Anyone or anything that looks cross-eyed at Trump is history

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Response to Marcuse (Original post)

Sat Apr 4, 2020, 09:28 AM

16. Trump fires watchdog who handled Ukraine complaint


President Donald Trump has fired Michael Atkinson, the inspector general for the intelligence community who handled the whistleblower complaint that triggered his impeachment
By
MARY CLARE JALONICK and DEB RIECHMANN Associated Press
April 4, 2020, 1:04 AM
5 min read

WASHINGTON -- President Donald Trump on Friday abruptly fired the inspector general of the intelligence community, sidelining an independent watchdog who played a pivotal role in his impeachment even as his White House struggled with the deepening coronavirus pandemic.

Trump informed the Senate intelligence committee late Friday of his decision to fire Michael Atkinson, according to a letter obtained by The Associated Press. Atkinson handled the whistleblower complaint that triggered Trump’s impeachment last year.

Atkinson's firing, which is part of a shakeup of the intelligence community under Trump, thrusts the president's impeachment back into the spotlight as his administration deals with the deadly spread of coronavirus. As Trump was removing Atkinson, the number of U.S. deaths due to the virus topped 7,000.

Trump said in the letter that 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.”

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https://abcnews.go.com/Politics/wireStory/trump-fires-watchdog-handled-ukraine-complaint-69972877

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Response to Marcuse (Original post)

Sat Apr 4, 2020, 09:34 AM

17. 'I, as president, have the power'

He's so busy working on his priorities, that he doesn't have the time to work on fighting the pandemic.

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Response to Marcuse (Original post)

Sat Apr 4, 2020, 10:52 AM

18. Saw this last night on Last Word with Ali Velcher

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Response to Marcuse (Original post)

Sat Apr 4, 2020, 10:58 AM

19. IG Atkinson is known throughout the Inspector General community for his integrity

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Response to Marcuse (Original post)

Sat Apr 4, 2020, 10:58 AM

20. beyond my understanding

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I don't understand why someone can't FiRE DJT!!! He is an incompetent nincompoop. Why isn't there any provision in our constitution to can someone as incapable as DJT is? He has put many lives in danger and even because of some of his stupidity, many, many have died!! Where is the law that disciplines the president? Rather than waiting for the election this fall, a lot can happen before then, many more people will have lost their lives and we will have lost many extremely fine competent people that are our national treasures because the 'stupid' president has fired them - this 'to me' is insane and treasonous.

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Response to Marcuse (Original post)

Sat Apr 4, 2020, 11:38 AM

21. Hey Trump here's some logic for you...................if you didn't do the crime you would never

had to go through this, but, you fucking did , and now that you have been IMPEACHED, and you basically did do the crime and the only reason why your still in that office is because of 52 fucking #Moscow Mitch republicans in the senate and 198 #Moscow Mitch republicans in the house, say everything about treason and how treason was enabled.
Does this "act" which it is a fucking "ACT" really massage your malignant, narcissistic, petty, spiteful, deceitful, vengeful, sexual predator, treasonous behavior, with full blown being a psychopathic shit sandwich of more of your deflection between your ears help your ego, because, you asshole, and your son n law, and the rapture asshole, and others have BLOOD ON YOUR HANDS that is correct, you have fucking BLOOD ON YOUR HANDS, and your other idols such as Steve Bannon, Stephen Miller, Betsy Devos, Ben Carson and your other fucking cronies who model the shit sandwich the country is going through, also HAVE BLOOD ON THEIR HANDS, who's main function is of keeping your fucking treason running until we the people remove you and them all of them from office this coming January 20, 2021..........we are coming asshole(s) and November 3, 2020 cannot get here fast enough, to start the process............

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Response to Marcuse (Original post)

Sat Apr 4, 2020, 12:45 PM

22. The IGs serve at the pleasure of the president. That is the way it is.

When DEM becomes president, Day 1 task is to have already reviewed each IG and US Attorney and fire the ones that are not wanted. On Day 1.

Now that Trump has fired IG Atkinson and put him on leave, his desk and files are ready for a MAGAt to search them for the name of the whistle blower. I hope that person is in safe, foreign place.

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Response to Marcuse (Original post)

Sat Apr 4, 2020, 05:33 PM

23. A very important story that's getting buried in the Coronavirus news

More of the slow-moving Saturday night massacre.

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Sun Apr 5, 2020, 01:24 PM

26. His arrogance and his level of crimes are growing fast, whats next?

He won't stop until he's removed.

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