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Trump calls fired watchdog in impeachment probe a 'disgrace'

Trump fires government watchdog who handled complaint that led to his impeachment
Posted at 10:26 PM, Apr 04, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-04 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.