Friday night, President Trump fired Michael Atkinson, the man who talked with the faux whistleblower who lied about President Trump’s call with Ukraine’s President, Volodymyr Zelenskiy.

Sen. Mark Warner, D-Va., the Intelligence Committee’s vice chairman’ said “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. 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.”

Shame on Sen. Warner for saying that Atkinson did his job. He didn’t do anything of the sort. I wrote here about the Intelligence Community Whistleblower Protection Act, aka the ICWPA. Specifically, I quoted the things required to submit a complaint:

In order to submit an ICWPA complaint the following elements must be met:

Eligible Originator: Only applies to employees (civilian, military or contractor) assigned to the four DoD intelligence agencies (DIA, NSA, NRO, and NGA). Does not apply to activities of the military services, combatant commands, or Office of Secretary of Defense.

Notice that the President isn’t covered by the ICWPA. The military, with the exception of the DIA, isn’t covered by the ICWPA, either. It only “applies to employees (civilian, military or contractor) assigned to the four DoD intelligence agencies (DIA, NSA, NRO, and NGA).”

Based on the written law, it’s fair to say that Mr. Atkinson stepped far outside the boundaries of the ICWPA. Apparently, Mr. Atkinson helped a snitch get the president impeached based on hearsay testimony or less. I’d love hearing Sen. Warner explain how he thinks that’s an example of Atkinson “doing his job.” That’ll require some linguistic gymnastics.

Naturally, Chairman Adam Schiff immediately responded to the news:

As I highlighted earlier in this post, the alleged snitch didn’t “expose presidential wrongdoing.” The transcript proves that the allegations against President Trump were BS. When an IG betrays the trust of our Commander-in-Chief while the C-in-C is acting within his authority, that IG should get terminated immediately. This is the entire transcript. I triple-dog dare Sen. Warner or Chairman Schiff to show me anything in that transcript violates the law. I’d bet the proverbial ranch that neither of these gentlemen could highlight a law that was broken.

I don’t doubt that these men think that what President Trump did was wrong. That’s irrelevant, though, because impeachment is reserved for “Treason, Briber or other high crimes and misdemeanors.” The president can only be removed from office if 67 senators vote to convict him. Madison, Hamilton and Jefferson established a high bar to assure that a handful of partisans wouldn’t attempt to railroad an unpopular president from office. That’s what this snitch, Chairman Schiff and Sen. Warner tried doing, though. That’s the definition of disgusting.

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