Tuesday, April 7, 2020

Russiagate Still Going

Opposing views on Michael Atkinson, the IG that Trump fired for being untrustworthy. Ellen Nakashima at WaPoo pens a love letter on the second page, Inspector general who handled Ukraine whistleblower complaint says ‘it is hard not to think’ Trump fired him for doing his job. But Margot Cleveland at Da Fed lays out in excruciating detail Why Inspector General Michael Atkinson Roundly Deserved To Be Fired. Ashe Schow, at Da Wire, Trump Defends Firing ‘Terrible’ Intel IG: ‘He’s A Total Disgrace’
“As is the case with regard to other positions where I, as President, have the power of appointment … it is vital that I have the fullest confidence in the appointees serving as inspectors general,” Trump wrote, as previously reported by The Daily Wire. “That is no longer the case with regard to this Inspector General.”

On Saturday, Trump defended his decision to the press, saying Atkinson did “a terrible job” when he turned over a whistleblower complaint to congress that led to Democrats impeaching the president, Reuters reported.

“He took a fake report, and he brought it to Congress,” Trump said, referring to the fact that the whistleblower had no direct knowledge of what he was complaining about and was merely reporting rumors he had heard from other people – many of which ended up being false and others gravely misconstrued.

Atkinson had deemed the whistleblower complaint of “urgent concern” and sent it to a Democrat-controlled congress determined to remove the president from office. Then-Acting Direct of National Intelligence Joseph Maguire, however, said Atkinson was not required by law to turn the complaint over to congressional Democrats.
Via the Wombat In The Mailbox: 04.06.20, This Ain’t Hell: Schiff Whines That Trump Is “Retaliating” Against Enemies, Politics ain't beanbag. Not terribly surprisingly, Collins Sides with Dems, Calls Trump Firing of Atkinson “not warranted”
Collins noted that by giving the heads of the House and Senate Intelligence committees a 30-day notification that he was removing Atkinson, Trump followed a 2008 law on inspectors general that she co-authored. But the senator, who is facing a tough reelection race in the fall, added that she didn’t find Trump’s “rationale” for firing Atkinson to be “persuasive.”
Breitbart, Clyburn: Trump Firing Inspector General ‘One of the Reasons’ Pelosi Formed House Committee to investigate stimulus funds and coronovirus. Like they needed an excuse.

Hey, anybody remember when Obama fired the IG investigating his friend's corruption of AmeriCorps?
President Barack Obama says he has lost confidence in the inspector general who investigates AmeriCorps and other national service programs and has told Congress he is removing him from the position.

Obama's move follows an investigation by IG Gerald Walpin finding misuse of federal grants by a nonprofit education group led by Sacramento Mayor Kevin Johnson, who is an Obama supporter and former NBA basketball star.

Walpin was criticized by the acting U.S. attorney in Sacramento for the way he handled the investigation of Johnson and St. HOPE Academy, a nonprofit group that received hundreds of thousands of dollars in federal grants from the Corporation for National and Community Service, which runs the AmeriCorps program.
Rowan Scarborough at  WaT, 'Ballooned at inception': Trump to cull 'bloated' intelligence community
“Many of us in the senior ranks believe the DNI had become bloated,” said Mr. Hoffman, who practiced his spycraft in the Middle East and Moscow. “And it’s what happens in bureaucracies. It’s just too many people and too many jobs. The DNI was designed to coordinate among the different agencies. Not duplicate the work of the agencies. So there was a lot of mission creep.”
Like, how to get rid of the President they hated. From JTN, Key congressman questions FBI Director Wray's commitment to cleaning up bureau's faults

This should be fun. Not particularly enlightening, but fun, Tyler O'Neil at PJ Media, Hillary Clinton Can't Duck Out of Benghazi Testimony by Citing Official Privilege, State Dept. Says. I'll bet there's a lot of amnesia going around.

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