Sen. Tom Cotton unloaded on Intelligence Community Inspector General Michael Atkinson today, calling him ‘evasive,’ ‘insolent,’ and ‘obstructive.’
Michael Atkinson acknowledged that his office secretly changed key whistleblower forms and rules in September, but refused to explain to lawmakers why those changes were backdated to August.
The anti-Trump whistleblower and his CIA colleagues actively colluded with House Democrats before filing a complaint with the inspector general.
The problem is not altering the directions to comply with the statute. It is that the instruction suggests the inspector general’s office changed its policy to get Trump.
In a press release issued late Monday, the intelligence community inspector general admitted it changed its policy and its whistleblower form after an anti-Trump complainant alleged that Trump broke the law during a phone call with the Ukrainian president.
The documents clearly show the process was changed, and the previously explicit requirements for first-hand information were suddenly eliminated.
Lawmakers in both chambers wrote to the Intelligence Community Inspector General on Monday demanding answers about why his office secretly eliminated a requirement that whistleblower complaints contain first-hand evidence.
‘Rampant speculation by politicians and the media is not helpful,’ Grassley said. ‘That’s how the false Russia collusion narrative took root. Let’s not repeat the mistakes of the past.’
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