President Donald Trump has a habit of getting the last laugh on those who oppose him and his America First agenda.
That is what he did again on Friday when he showed the door to one of California Rep. Adam Schiff’s star impeachment witnesses.
Intelligence community Inspector General Michael Atkinson, the man who sounded the alarm to Congress on the president’s phone call with the Ukrainian prime minister, has gotten his walking papers.
The president told the intelligence committees of the Senate and House of the firing in a letter on Monday that was obtained by Politico.
“This is to advise that I am exercising my power as President to remove from office the Inspector General of the Intelligence Community, effective 30 days from today,” he said.
“It is extremely important that we promote the economy, efficiency, and the effectiveness of Federal programs and activities. The Inspectors General have a critical role in the achievement of these goals,” the president said.
“As is the case with regard to other positions where I, as President, have the power of appointment, by and with the advice and consent of the Senate, 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,” he said.
“At a later date, I will be submitting to the Senate my nomination of an individual for this position who has my full confidence and who meets the appropriate qualifications,” he said.
Tom Monheim, a career intelligence professional, is set to be named as the acting Inspector General, Fox News reported.
Predictably, Democrats were furious with the president’s decision and did not mince words.
Rep. Schiff said it was “yet another blatant attempt by the President to gut the independence of the Intelligence Community and retaliate against those who dare to expose presidential wrongdoing,” Politico reported.
“At a time when our country is dealing with a national emergency and needs people in the Intelligence Community to speak truth to power, the President’s dead of night decision puts our country and national security at even greater risk,” he said.
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, called it “a brazen act against a patriotic public servant who has honorably performed his duty to protect the Constitution and our national security, as required by the law and by his oath.
“This latest act of reprisal against the Intelligence Community threatens to have a chilling effect against all willing to speak truth to power,” she said.
“The President must immediately cease his attacks on those who sacrifice to keep America safe, particularly during this time of national emergency,” she said.
Senate Minority Leader and New York Sen. Charles Schumer, attacked the president in a series of tweets on Friday.
“Whether it’s LTC Vindman, Captain Crozier, or Intelligence Community Inspector General Michael Atkinson: President Trump fires people for telling the truth,” Schumer said.
“Michael Atkinson is a man of integrity who has served our nation for almost two decades,” he said in another tweet. “Being fired for having the courage to speak truth to power makes him a patriot.”
Sen. Mark Warner, the vice chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee, was another who attacked the president.
“In the midst of a national emergency, it is unconscionable that the President is once again attempting to undermine the integrity of the intelligence community by firing yet another intelligence official simply for doing his job,” he said.
“The work of the intelligence community has never been about loyalty to a single individual; it’s about keeping us all safe from those who wish to do our country harm. We should all be deeply disturbed by ongoing attempts to politicize the nation’s intelligence agencies.”
You gotta love anything he does that gets the Democrats this furious.