Atkinson will be laid off in 30 days, Trump told the House and Senate intelligence committees. He did not name a successor.
“As is the case with other positions where I, as president, have the power to appoint … it is vital that I have full confidence in those appointed as inspectors general,” wrote Trump. “This is no longer the case with this Inspector General. “
The dismissal from Atkinson is the latest case in which the Trump administration removed officials who had participated in the removal of the president. Trump also fired Alexander Vindman, then a National Security Council official who testified in the House’s deliberations, as well as Vindman’s twin brother and then US Ambassador to the European Union, Gordon Sondland.
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