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  • Where is the Michael Atkinson testimony in the tranche of released horde of Schiff SCIF transcripts?? Vanity

    05/08/2020 9:29:36 AM PDT · by Swordmaker · 33 replies
    Vanity | 05/08/2020 | Swordmaker
    I started reading through and or skimming the tranche of released transcripts of testimony that has been hidden from view for far too long yesterday and found myself on the second Bannon interview. These are in alphabetical order with dates also listed oddly, so you need to pay attention when a witness testimony spans two days, such as Bannon’s, as it can be confusing when reading. Bannon’s has the two days with the second day listed first. I had read beyond Bannon when I realized there was a transcript missing. The transcript for Intelligence Community Inspector General Michael Atkinson is...
  • Mitt Romney demands Trump explain firing of intelligence inspector general

    04/12/2020 7:43:10 PM PDT · by Trump20162020 · 155 replies
    KSL ^ | April 9, 2020 | Dennis Romboy
    Sen. Mitt Romney is among a bipartisan group of lawmakers demanding that President Donald Trump explain why he fired the intelligence community inspector general. The eight senators, led by Sen. Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, say the explanation Trump gave for removing Michael Atkinson was insufficient and does not comply with the law. The president cited a lack of confidence in the intelligence community’s top watchdog. “Congressional intent is clear that an expression of lost confidence, without further explanation, is not sufficient to fulfill the requirements of the statute,” the senators wrote in a letter Thursday. “This is in large part because...
  • Attorney General: Trump Was Right to Fire Intelligence Watchdog

    04/10/2020 6:07:30 PM PDT · by E. Pluribus Unum · 8 replies
    The Epoch Times ^ | April 10, 2020 | JANITA KAN
    Attorney General William Barr said the president was right to dismiss the intelligence community inspector general who handled the anonymous whistleblower complaint that prompted a partisan impeachment against the president last year. The attorney general made the comments in a Fox News interview aired on Thursday, saying that the inspector general, Michael Atkinson, exceeded his authority when he disclosed to Congress the whistleblower complaint that centered around a phone call President Donald Trump had with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky. “From the vantage point of the Department of Justice, he had interpreted his statute—which is a fairly narrow statute that gave...
  • Why Trump was totally right to fire the intel inspector-general

    04/08/2020 10:56:24 PM PDT · by knighthawk · 9 replies
    NY Post ^ | April 08 2020 | Fred Fleitz
    Firing the US intelligence community’s inspector general is a big deal. I should know. I was a former longtime Central Intelligence Agency official who blew the whistle on the Clinton White House and agency bosses. Even so, I believe President Trump’s firing last week of IC Inspector General Michael Atkinson was appropriate — indeed, overdue. Liberals and their media allies are predictably framing the firing as ­retaliation for Atkinson’s decision to inform Congress about a complaint by a so-called whistleblower that set off the Democratic effort to impeach the president. That’s false. Let’s review the facts. On Sept. 9, 2019,...
  • Susan Collins: Firing of intelligence community watchdog 'not warranted'

    04/06/2020 1:40:32 PM PDT · by LibWhacker · 62 replies
    The Hill ^ | 4/6/20 | Jordain Carney
    Sen. Susan Collins (R-Maine), a member of the Senate Intelligence Committee, is breaking with President Trump's decision to fire Michael Atkinson, the inspector general for the intelligence community, saying his removal was "not warranted." "While I recognize that the President has the authority to appoint and remove Inspectors General, I believe Inspector General Atkinson served the intelligence community and the American people well, and his removal was not warranted," she said in a statement over the weekend. Collins noted that by giving the heads of the House and Senate Intelligence committees a 30-day notification that he was removing Atkinson, Trump...
  • Outgoing inspector general says Trump fired him for carrying out his 'legal obligations'

    04/05/2020 9:04:21 PM PDT · by yesthatjallen · 48 replies
    The Hill ^ | 04 05 2020 | John Bowden
    Michael Atkinson, the outgoing intelligence community inspector general fired by President Trump on Friday, says he believes the president dismissed him because of his commitment to his duty as an impartial watchdog. "It is hard not to think that the President's loss of confidence in me derives from my having faithfully discharged my legal obligations as an independent and impartial Inspector General, and from my commitment to continue to do so," Atkinson said in a statement released Sunday night that was obtained by several news outlets and shared on social media. Trump fired Atkinson in a memo on Friday, explaining...
  • Schumer speaks with 'hero' intelligence inspector general fired by Trump

    04/05/2020 6:36:47 AM PDT · by kevcol · 42 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | April 4, 2020 | Daniel Chaitin
    A day after he was abruptly fired by President Trump, outgoing Intelligence Community Inspector General Michael Atkinson spoke on the phone with Senate Minority Chuck Schumer. The New York Democrat said Saturday evening that he told the independent watchdog, whom defenders fear was removed to settle a score stemming from the impeachment saga, he will be remembered as a "hero." "I spoke to Inspector General Michael Atkinson tonight, thanked him for his service, and told him that history will remember him as a hero and those who retaliated against him as scoundrels," Schumer tweeted.
  • "Someone Ought to Sue His Ass Off!" - EPIC! Trump UNLOADS on Fake News, Fired ICIG Atkinson and "Fake" Whistleblower Eric Ciaramella at White House Presser

    04/05/2020 4:38:23 AM PDT · by bitt · 18 replies
    GATEWAY PUNDIT ^ | 4/4/2020 | Jim Hoft
    President Trump fired corrupt and controversial deep state hack ICIG Michael Atkinson on Friday night. As we reported in November, Deep State ICIG Michael Atkinson altered the whistleblower form to allow for second-hand information, which allowed suspected Schiff whistleblower Eric Ciaramella to present a bogus accusation on the President. As we reported previously, Atkinson changed the IC whistleblower form sometime before September shortly after a CIA Agent, who was spying in the Trump White House, drafted a complaint on President Trump. Atkinson saw to it that the whistleblower form was updated to allow for second hand information, which the ‘whistleblower’...
  • President Trump Removes Coup Plotter ICIG Michael Atkinson – Effective 30 Days From Today – DC Media Conscripts Go Bananas…

    04/03/2020 9:39:53 PM PDT · by edwinland · 30 replies
    Conservative Treehouse ^ | April 3, 2020 | Sundance
    President Trump has sent a letter to congress giving them 30-days advance notice and informing them of the removal of Intelligence Community Inspector General Michael Atkinson: [image of letter] The necessary, albeit politically controversial, move comes about two months after President Trump assigned Ric Grenell to lead the Office of the Director of National Intelligence; Grenell is ultimately the acting boss of the overall intelligence community. It is likely DNI Grenell provided some key insight into the sketchy background activity in/around Atkinson’s office, and the overall intelligence apparatus writ large. Additionally, former congressman Mark Meadows is now President Trump’s Chief-of-Staff;...
  • Trump fires Michael Atkinson, intel watchdog who handled Ukraine complaint

    04/03/2020 11:52:50 PM PDT · by Syncro · 51 replies
    washingtontimes ^ | Friday, April 3, 2020 | Dave Boyer-
    President Trump on Friday night fired Michael Atkinson, the inspector general for the intelligence community who had deemed “urgent” a whistleblower’s complaint about the president’s actions on aid to Ukraine. In a letter to the top Republican and Democrat on the Senate Intelligence Committee, the president said “it is vital that I have the fullest confidence in the appointees serving as inspectors general.” “That is no longer the case with regard to this inspector general,” Mr. Trump said. The president said the firing would take effect in 30 days and he will nominate a new candidate, who must be confirmed...
  • Trump fires intelligence community inspector general who defied him on Ukraine

    04/03/2020 7:48:54 PM PDT · by bitt · 81 replies
    YAHOO.COM ^ | 3/3/2020 | Natasha Bertrand and Andrew Desiderio
    President Donald Trump has fired the intelligence community’s chief watchdog, Michael Atkinson, who was the first to sound the alarm to Congress last September about an “urgent” complaint he’d received from an intelligence official involving Trump’s communications with Ukraine’s president. Trump formally notified the Senate and House intelligence committees of his intention to fire Atkinson and remove him from his duties, to take effect 30 days from Friday, according to two congressional officials and a copy of the letter obtained by POLITICO dated April 3. “This is to advise that I am exercising my power as President to remove from...
  • Sekulow Slams Schiff: Secrecy OK For Whistleblower But Not For Trump-Bolton Conversations?

    01/30/2020 1:34:30 PM PST · by Its All Over Except ... · 32 replies
    CNSNews ^ | 1/30/20 | Susan Jones
    (CNSNews.com) - Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Calif.), the chairman of the House intelligence committee, has released all but one of the transcribed interviews his committee conducted privately as part of their impeachment process. At the impeachment trial on Wednesday, Republicans asked why Schiff is still withholding the transcript of Intelligence Community Inspector General Michael Atkinson, who testified about the whistleblower and his complaint in closed, executive session on Oct. 4. Schiff has released the other 17 witness transcripts. But not Atkinson's. Why? Schiff explained to the Senate: The intelligence committee is continuing its ongoing oversight to determine why and how this...
  • 'I Do Not Believe We Need To Hear From 18th Witness’: Sen. Cory Gardner On Impeachment Trial Proceedings

    01/29/2020 3:54:27 PM PST · by Its All Over Except ... · 23 replies
    CBS4 Denver ^ | 1/29/20 | Staff
    DENVER (CBS4)– Sen. Cory Gardner is among the senators questioning President Donald Trump’s attorneys and house managers in the impeachment trial. The Republican senator from Colorado said he doesn’t believe the Senate needs to hear from more witnesses. “I do not believe we need to hear from an 18th witness. I have approached every aspect of this grave constitutional duty with the respect and attention required by law, and have reached this decision after carefully weighing the House managers and defense arguments and closely reviewing the evidence from the House, which included well over 100 hours of testimony from 17...
  • So That's Why Schiff Won't Release the Transcript of the 18th Witness

    01/27/2020 5:59:27 PM PST · by bitt · 14 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | 1/26/2020 | Bronson Stocking
    While presenting the Democrats' case for impeachment on the Senate floor, lead impeachment manager Adam Schiff (D-CA) kept referencing 17 witnesses who testified during the House impeachment inquiry. But there were 18 of them. Schiff and the Democrats are refusing to release the testimony of Intelligence Community Inspector General Michael Atkinson, and according to Republicans who were present during Atkinson's closed-door testimony, the reason the transcript hasn't been released is because it proves both the whistleblower and House Intelligence Chairman Adam Schiff did not tell the truth about their contact with each other. Fox News' Maria Bartiromo interviewed Rep. John...
  • Rep. Ratcliffe Explains Why One Transcript Is Missing From the Impeachment Trial [Schiff withheld exculpatory evidence]

    01/26/2020 2:15:42 PM PST · by Kaslin · 75 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | January 22, 2020 | Bronson Stocking
    While presenting the Democrats' case for impeachment on the Senate floor, lead impeachment manager Adam Schiff (D-CA) kept referencing 17 witnesses who testified during the House impeachment inquiry. But there were 18 of them. Schiff and the Democrats are refusing to release the testimony of Intelligence Community Inspector General Michael Atkinson, and according to Republicans who were present during Atkinson's closed-door testimony, the reason the transcript hasn't been released is because it proves both the whistleblower and House Intelligence Chairman Adam Schiff did not tell the truth about their contact with each other. Fox News' Maria Bartiromo interviewed Rep. John...
  • Dear Adam Schiff: Release the Michael Atkinson transcript

    01/18/2020 12:44:42 PM PST · by Libloather · 4 replies
    Noq Report ^ | 1/06/20 | JD Rucker
    Intelligence Community Inspector General Michael Atkinson has secrets. The man who green-lit the Ukrainian whistleblower’s complaint despite zero first-hand knowledge of alleged wrongdoing gave damaging, sealed testimony before the House Intelligence Committee. According to ranking member Devin Nunes, the information Atkinson revealed information that hurts the Democrats’ impeachment case. He spoke to Sara Carter about the investigation into Atkinson’s dealings. Nunes, R-CA, spoke to this reporter for Monday’s podcast. He revealed that transcripts of Atkinson’s secret testimony will expose that the Inspector General either lied or he needs to make corrections to his statements to lawmakers. The transcripts has been...
  • Intelligence Community’s Inspector General Is the Link Between FISAgate and Impeachment

    01/10/2020 9:05:47 AM PST · by bitt · 9 replies
    amgreatness.com ^ | 1/9/2020 | Julie Kelly
    As impeachment remains stalled for now, Democrats in the House of Representatives still refuse to release the closed-door testimony of a key witness in the concocted drama: Michael Atkinson, the inspector general for the intelligence community. Atkinson, you may recall, launched the impeachment saga when he determined that the accusations by the “whistleblower” about Trump’s phone call with the Ukrainian president last summer were so alarming as to deem the complaint a matter of “urgent concern.” (It wasn’t.) Atkinson sent two letters to the House Intelligence Committee demanding immediate attention to the bogus complaint. “I have not been authorized to...
  • Devin Nunes Tells Sara Carter: “ICIG Michael Atkinson is Under Active Investigation”

    01/07/2020 9:24:59 AM PST · by Texas Fossil · 23 replies
    The Conservative Treehouse ^ | January 6, 2020 | Sundance
    Sara Carter held a pod-cast interview with HPSCI ranking member Devin Nunes.  At approximately 36:25 of the interview congressman Nunes discusses the testimony of Intelligence Community Inspector General Michael Atkinson. The transcript from Atkinson’s House testimony has never been released.  Rep. Nunes states the reason HPSCI Chairman Schiff has kept the transcript hidden and classified is because the content is extremely damaging to the origin of the impeachment fraud.  Additionally, the testimony from Atkinson conflicted with evidence which surfaced later: “[Atkinson] is under active investigation. I’m not gonna go any farther than that because you know obviously he has a...
  • Nunes Reveals: ‘Republicans Have an Active Investigation Into Intel Community IG Michael Atkinson’

    01/06/2020 7:53:37 PM PST · by White MAGA Man · 30 replies
    Gateway Pundit ^ | December 6, 2020 | Cristina Laila
    Ranking member of the House Intelligence Committee Devin Nunes told investigative reporter Sara Carter that Republicans are currently investigating Intel Community Inspector General Michael Atkinson. GOP lawmakers asked Mr. Atkinson to reveal who changed the whistleblower complaint form to allow for second-hand info and office gossip.
  • House Intel Republicans investigating inspector general handling of whistleblower complaint

    01/07/2020 10:25:25 AM PST · by jazusamo · 7 replies
    Fox News ^ | January 7, 2020 | Brooke Singman
    House Intelligence Committee Republicans are investigating the intelligence community inspector general for his handling of the Ukraine whistleblower complaint, including potential inconsistencies in his testimony before the panel as part of the Trump impeachment inquiry, Fox News has learned. Committee Ranking Member Devin Nunes, R-Calif., first told investigative reporter Sara Carter earlier this week that the panel has an “active investigation” into Intelligence Community Inspector General Michael Atkinson. A source familiar with the committee’s investigation on Tuesday went into further detail, telling Fox News that Republicans are looking at the ICIG’s handling of the whistleblower complaint that sparked the impeachment...