“Quis custodiet ipsos custodes?“Juvenal
(Who will guard the guards themselves?)
President Donald Trump has fired Michael Atkinson, the inspector general for the intelligence community who pushed the “whistleblower” complaint about a diplomatic call with Ukraine’s new president.
The low profile Atkison was one of the Department of Justice National Security Division lawyers involved in FISA abuse. In November 2017 Trump nominated him to be the Intelligence Community Inspector General (ICIG). At his confirmation hearing Atkison pledged to strengthen the whistleblower program implying that he would be “watching the watchmen” and cleaning up the nefarious and opaque activities of the Brennan/Clapper Intelligence regime.
Unfortunately, instead of guarding against the abuses of the IC community, the ICIG facilitated the subterfuge and Fake News betrayal of the president and his MAGA administration. Working with Rep. Adam Schiff and Eric Ciaramella (CIA) to stage a pretext for impeachment the ICIG submitted a complaint to the acting Director of National Intelligence (DNI). While Atkison insisted Ciamallelia’s complaint was “credible” and “of urgent concern” the acting DNI, Joseph Maguire, did not and refused to submit the frivolous charge to Congress. Breaking the chain of command, the ICIG took it upon himself to notify Congress about the existence of the whistleblower report.
Once the existence of the “whistleblower” claims surfaced in the Fake News due to Congressional leaks there were demands from the media that the Trump administration released the complaint. Trump complied with the demands and seemingly played into the dirty IC plot, but in a surprise move Trump subsequently released the official transcript of his “perfect call” with Ukranian President Zelensky.
The “whistleblower” claimed that he had heard a second hand account detailing Trump’s abuse of power “to solicit interference from a foreign country in the 2020 U.S. election,” specifically by pressuring a foreign government (Ukraine) to investigate a domestic political rival (Joe Biden). Any honest reading of the call transcript shows that Trump’s primary concern was with the IT security firm Crowdstrike and the possibility that the “missing” DNC servers might be located in Ukrainian. Trump explicitly asked for Zelensky’s help in finding the DNC server and offered the assistance of US Attorney General Bill Barr. Towards the end of the call Trump did make an offhand comment about Joe Biden’s corruption and the nepotism that landed Biden’s son Hunter a generous payout from a Ukrainian gas company.
The genius of focusing the supposed “abuse of power” on graft and corruption by a politician’s relative trading on proximity to power is that almost no Senator or Congressman would be willing to defend the president and open themselves up to media scrutiny on the same “abuse of power.” The truth is that most leaders on Capitol Hill have at least one spouse, sibling or child that make a very prosperous living by leveraging their relationship to the lawmaker and influencing policy, laws, oversight and the flow of money from government. It’s a racket with so many power players involved the politicians, both Democrats and Republicans, had no choice but to allow impeachment to proceed.
Michael Atkinson has been a useless, untrustworthy bureaucrat taking up space at the DOJ since he illegally promoted the “whistleblower” complaint in late August 2019. It is long past time for him to be officially pushed out of government.