President Trump has considered firing Michael Atkinson, the intelligence community’s inspector general because he found the anonymous whistle-blower’s complaint on his interactions with Ukraine to be credible and reported it to Congress, The New York Times reported Tuesday.
Four people familiar with the discussions told the New York Times that Trump expressed his dismay about Atkinson when the whistleblower report was published in September.
Trump has reportedly said he does not understand why Atkinson, whom he appointed in 2017, shared the complaint, which outlined how Trump asked the Ukrainian president to investigate his political rival, Vice President Joe Biden, and his son, Hunter Biden, at the same time he was withholding military aid from the country.
Trump also reportedly said he believes Atkinson has been disloyal, according to the Times.
Trump has blasted the inspector general on Twitter and indicated that he thinks Atkinson should have to testify in the impeachment inquiry alongside the whistleblower.