Atkinson’s Dogged Push for Transparency


OPINION — Intelligence Community Inspector General Michael Atkinson deserves praise along with the Whistleblower for pushing within the law to get President Trump’s highly protected phone call with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky before the Congress and the public.

Atkinson’s two week “preliminary review” helped build credibility for the Whistleblower’s August 12 complaint, and his later disagreement with superiors about sharing details with Congress eventually led to the release of not only the White House memo of the Trump/Zelensky conversation, but also of the complaint itself.

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