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Trump to Fire Intelligence Community Inspector General

from The Wall Street Journal,

Firing of Inspector General Michael Atkinson, who reviewed Ukraine whistleblower complaint, is latest in series of intelligence-community removals.

“As is the case with regard to other positions…it is vital that I have the fullest confidence in the appointees serving as inspectors general,” the president said in a letter to Congress. “That is no longer the case with regard to this inspector general.”

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