There’s an old cowboy saying, “If you’re gonna cuss the boss, you need to saddle your horse”.
Translated: if you back-stab your boss, you will be fired. And that’s exactly what President Trump did to a traitor in his administration.
In what may be the worst hack article I’ve read in a while, the AP reported that President Trump fired Michael Atkinson:
President Donald Trump suggested that he fired the inspector general for the intelligence community in retaliation for impeachment, saying the official was wrong to provide an anonymous whistleblower complaint to Congress as the law requires.
Trump called Michael Atkinson a “disgrace” after informing Congress late Friday night that he intended to fire him. In letters to the House and Senate intelligence committees, Trump wrote that he had lost confidence in Atkinson but gave little detail.
A day later, Trump was more blunt, telling reporters at the White House: “I thought he did a terrible job, absolutely terrible.” The president added: “He took a fake report and he took it to Congress with an emergency, OK? Not a big Trump fan, that I can tell you.”
This may be the only factual part of the AP story. Because they go off the rails trying to defend the so-called “whistleblower“.
The whistleblower report was not fake, but a detailed complaint written by an anonymous intelligence official who described Trump’s pressure on Ukraine to investigate Democrat Joe Biden and his son. Atkinson determined the complaint was urgent and credible and therefore was required by law to disclose it to Congress, but he was overruled for weeks by the acting director of national intelligence, Joseph Maguire.
After a firestorm sparked by media reports of the complaint, it was turned over and made public. A congressional inquiry led to Trump’s impeachment by the House in December. The GOP-led Senate acquitted Trump in February.
The “whistleblower” remains unknown. Except we all now know who he is.
We know the person Leftists call the “whistleblower” to be CIA analyst and National Security Council staffer Eric Ciaramella. And part of what should have called into question his credibility is the fact that Ciaramella is an avid supporter of Obama and Hillary Clinton. Even moreso as a question to his credibility is the fact that he hates Donald Trump. More specifically, he hates President Donald Trump.
With respect to “whistleblowing”, Ciaramella has as much credibility as asking Harvey Weinstein does on women’s rights. The report from him never should have seen the light of day based on nothing more than he knew absolutely nothing of Trump’s dealings.
The only reason this report ended up being looked into is because far too many swamp rats remain in DC. Atkinson is one of the many swamp rats. Nevertheless, AP continues trying to hammer Trump and provide cover for Atkinson:
On Saturday, Trump questioned why Atkinson didn’t speak to him about the complaint, though Atkinson’s role is to provide independent oversight.
“Never came in to see me, never requested to see me,” Trump said. He added: “That man is a disgrace to IGs.”
AP suggests that Atkinson’s “independence” precluded him from speaking to Trump. Quite the contrary.
If Atkinson was really investigating all sides of the allegation, then he would need both sides of the story. What Atkinson did was jump to a conclusion. And eagerly so.
Trump’s firing of Atkinson makes for a better country. Frankly, the action was long overdue. And many more in Obama’s intelligence community rightfully await the same fate. These rogue operators have threatened Americans for far too long, allowed to operate by powerful Leftists.
In this video Schumer warns people not to mess with the intelligence community:
Understand that one of the most powerful people in the world, the Senate Minority Leader, brags about how the intelligence community can get back at anybody who dares to question them or their motives.
Schumer seems to condone this, as his wry smile suggested.
Atkinson’s removal is part of a larger shakeup of the intelligence community under Trump. And as I said earlier, long overdue. President Trump viewed intelligence professionals with skepticism based on his experiences when he became Commander in Chief.
Though justified, Democrats and weak-kneed Republicans came to the aid of Atkinson.
Iowa Republican Sen. Chuck Grassley, opined that Congress has been “crystal clear” that written reasons must be given when inspectors general are removed for a lack of confidence.
“More details are needed from the administration,” Grassley said.
It didn’t take long for perennial RINO, Maine Sen. Susan Collins, a GOP member of the Senate Intelligence Committee, to chime in. Collins said she didn’t find Trump’s reasoning in his letter to Congress to be persuasive. She added that Atkinson’s removal “was not warranted.”
Trump doesn’t care. And Atkinson is at least the seventh intelligence official to be fired, ousted or moved aside since last summer. The president said it is “vital” that he has confidence in the appointees serving as inspectors general. He indicated that he no longer had faith in Atkinson.
Trump said Atkinson would be removed from office in the required 30 days after notification to Congress. I can’t wait for the next series of removals, quickly followed by indictments and jail time.