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Trump fires watchdog who handled Ukraine complaint

Trump informed the Senate intelligence committee Friday of his decision. Trump informed the Senate intelligence committee Friday of his decision. |  Photo: ABC News

Created: April 04, 2020 09:21 AM

WASHINGTON (AP) - President Donald Trump has fired Michael Atkinson, the inspector general for the intelligence community who handled the whistleblower complaint that triggered his impeachment.

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Trump informed the Senate intelligence committee Friday of his decision to fire Atkinson, according to a letter obtained by The Associated Press.

Trump said in the letter that it is “vital” that he has confidence in the appointees serving as inspectors general, and “that is no longer the case with regard to this inspector general.”

Atkinson was the first to inform Congress about an anonymous whistleblower complaint last year that described Trump’s pressure on Ukraine to investigate Democrat Joe Biden and his son.

Copyright 2020 The Associated Press. All rights reserved.

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