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Mon Apr 6, 2020, 11:48 AM

Why Donald Trump's firing of the Intelligence Community IG is so, so egregious:

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Analysis by Chris Cillizza, CNN Editor-at-large
Updated 10:02 AM ET, Mon April 6, 2020


https://www.cnn.com/2020/04/06/politics/michael-atkinson-firing/index.html


CNN: President Donald Trump fired Michael Atkinson, the inspector general of the intelligence community, late on a Friday night amid the coronavirus pandemic in hopes that you wouldn't know what he did. Or you'd note it in passing, and then quickly move on to other pressing worries like, well, the coronavirus and its impact on the US economy.

You absolutely should not do either of those things. Because, while the removal of the intelligence community's watchdog is less obviously urgent in your own life than coronavirus, the mentality that informs the decision to remove Atkinson is hugely corrosive to our American system of government.

Let's go through the basics.

On Friday night -- the favored night for politicians to dump their worst news -- Trump announced he had fired Atkinson.

"As is the case with regard to other positions where I, as President, have the power of appointment ... it is vital that I have the fullest confidence in the appointees serving as inspectors general," Trump wrote in a letter to the House and Senate Intelligence committees informing them of the move. "That is no longer the case with regard to this Inspector General."

At issue was Atkinson's decision last fall to inform Congress that a whistleblower complaint had been filed to his office about the Trump administration. That complaint eventually turned into the basis for the House impeachment investigation into Trump's July 2019 phone call with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky -- and Trump's eventual impeachment by the House. (He was later acquitted in the Senate.)

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Response to Stuart G (Original post)

Mon Apr 6, 2020, 11:54 AM

1. I don't understand how an IG can be a political appointee

Removal should require 2/3rds of the Senate and an open hearing.

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Response to Stuart G (Original post)

Mon Apr 6, 2020, 12:06 PM

2. IG is an auditor

When a private company fires its Internal Auditor for "disloyalty", that is a serious indication of malfeasance (like fraud).

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Response to Stuart G (Original post)

Mon Apr 6, 2020, 12:10 PM

3. Trump got caught,

He is a vengeful little man.

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Response to Stuart G (Original post)

Mon Apr 6, 2020, 12:42 PM

4. You are still impeached Dotard

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Response to Stuart G (Original post)

Wed Apr 8, 2020, 08:31 AM

5. Firing all the IGs and replacing them with Loyalists - Toadies - ensures secrecy

so he can steal more federal lands without anyone knowing what is going on

Did you see he installed a lawyer as Grand Canyon Park Chief?

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