6 Strikes, You’re Out: Independence Can’t Shield Inspectors General Who Ignore the Law

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(DAILY SIGNAL) – President Donald Trump last week fired Michael Atkinson, the inspector general for the nation’s intelligence community.

Atkinson made headlines last year when he told Congress about a report filed by an anonymous intelligence official who alleged that Trump inappropriately had offered Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy foreign aid in exchange for a politically beneficial investigation into former Vice President Joe Biden and his son Hunter Biden.

That anonymous official later was identified as a CIA analyst who left the White House in 2017 after being suspected of leaks to the media.

Trump said he fired Atkinson because “he did an absolutely terrible job” handling the complaint as inspector general. Some in the news media, however, have accused the president of retaliating against Atkinson for disclosing the complaint that lead to Trump’s impeachment.

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