Trump May Fire Intel Community Inspector General

Trump May Fire Intel Community Inspector General November 14, 2019

The New York Times reports that Trump has considered and is still considering firing Michael Atkinson, the Inspector General for the Intelligence Community who forwarded the whistleblower complaint about his call with Urainian President Zelensky. Doing so would be a clear attempt to retaliate against Atkinson, but his sycophants would defend it anyway. In fact, they accused Obama of retaliation when he fired an Inspector General.

In 2009, Obama fired Gerald Walpin, the Inspector General for the AmeriCorps program, after Walpin accused Sacramento Mayor Kevin Johnson of misusing about $800,000 in funds from the program for personal use. Johnson is a friend and ally of Obama’s. He fired him without giving Congress the required 30 days notice, required by a law that Obama co-sponsored. Fox News hosts rightly accused Obama of violating the law to protect a political ally. Hannity said:

SEAN HANNITY: And tonight in “Hannity’s America,” President Obama’s suspicious firing of Inspector General Gerald Walpin is sparking outrage, even in his own party. Democratic Senator and staunch Obama ally, Claire McCaskill, said yesterday, quote, “The White House has failed to follow the proper procedure in notifying Congress as to the removal of the inspector general. Loss of confidence is not a sufficient reason.”

Now, according to a law that was co-sponsored by the then-Senator Obama, the President is required to give the Congress 30 days notice when he seeks to remove an inspector general. So what part of 30 days does he not understand? By the way, it was his law. And by the way, we also have late-breaking news from Senator McCaskill’s office. She received a letter from the White House outlining the reasons for Mr. Walpin’s firing, and she is now satisfied that the White House is following the law. Wait. 30 days didn’t pass. But we are glad there are two offices were able to clear this up.

Does anyone doubt for a second that Hannity would defend Trump’s firing of Atkinson to the ends of the Earth? Only someone totally detached from reality.

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