Intelligence Community Inspector Genera , Atkinson, in the president’s view, was wrong on two judgment calls — first, on whether or not the letter itself was “urgent and credible,” and, second, when Atkinson chose to ignore his superior’s judgment and the judgment of the Department of Justice counsel who considered the matter.
Presidents, like other executives, are responsible for the actions and decisions of the personnel they hire.
President Donald Trump was well within his rights to fire Michael Atkinson, the Intelligence Community Inspector General. As ICIG, Atkinson was appointed by President Trump, and President Trump has the legal authority to remove him from office; in fact, according to the ICIG’s own website “only the President can remove the ICIG from office, with prior notification to Congress.”
Democrats and the media, predictably, went crazy, criticizing Trump for “retaliating” against Atkinson for Atkinson’s role in handing over to Congress the “whistleblower” complaint against Trump for things Trump was reported to have said in a July 25 phone call with the Ukrainian president — things that President Trump disputed.