Trump calls fired watchdog in impeachment probe a 'disgrace'
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Michael Atkinson, the inspector general of the intelligence community, leaves the Capitol after closed doors interview about the whistleblower complaint that exposed a July phone call the president had with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy in which Trump pressed for an investigation of Democratic political rival Joe Biden and his family, at the Capitol in Washington, Friday, Oct. 4, 2019. (AP Photo/Jose Luis Magana)
Posted at 10:26 PM, Apr 04, 2020
and last updated2020-04-04 22:26:43-04
WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump is calling the ousted inspector general who handled the whistleblower complaint that triggered his impeachment “a disgrace.”
Trump's sharp criticism of Michael Atkinson came Saturday in response to a question posed during the president's daily briefing on the coronavirus outbreak.
Trump informed the Senate and House intelligence committees late Friday of his decision to fire Atkinson, saying he no longer had confidence in him.
Atkinson was the first to inform Congress about an anonymous whistleblower complaint that described Trump’s pressure on Ukraine to investigate Democrat Joe Biden and his son.
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