Donald Trump fires intelligence official who handles impeachment probe
Washington : President Donald Trump on Saturday fired Michael Atkinson, an intelligence official who handled the whistleblower complaint that triggered Trump’s impeachment.
Trump informed the Senate intelligence committee Friday of his decision to fire Atkinson, according to a letter obtained by The Associated Press.
According to a report by AP, Trump said that it is vital that he must have confidence in the appointees serving as inspectors general, and “that is no longer the case with regard to this inspector general.”
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.
The Senate acquitted Trump in February.