FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

April 4, 2020

Government Accountability Project Condemns Firing of Michael Atkinson

WASHINGTON – Friday night, President Donald Trump fired the Intelligence Community Inspector General Michael Atkinson. Atkinson had informed Congress of the whistleblower complaint that precipitated the President’s impeachment.

Government Accountability Project Executive Director and CEO Louis Clark stated,

“The firing of Inspector General Atkinson by all appearances is an outrageous abuse of a power. The firing of this honest, courageous Inspector General will send a terrible and frightening message to all federal employees at all levels of government: now apparently the only guiding principle for civil servants is loyalty to this President, not the Constitution or the rule of law.”

Contact: Andrew Harman, Communications Director

EmailAndrewH@whistleblower.org

Phone: (202) 457-0034 ext. 156

Government Accountability Project

Government Accountability Project is the nation’s leading whistleblower protection organization. Through litigating whistleblower cases, publicizing concerns and developing legal reforms, Government Accountability Project’s mission is to protect the public interest by promoting government and corporate accountability. Founded in 1977, Government Accountability Project is a nonprofit, nonpartisan advocacy organization based in Washington, D.C.

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