Olivia Beavers of the Hill tweeted Tuesday “New: Intel Chair Schiff sent a letter today to acting DNI @RichardGrenell raising concern he is reorganizing w/o receiving congressional authorization. Asks him to produce info to committee by April 16.”
Responding to the tweet, Richard Grenell tweeted
His letter was sent to the press before it was sent to me. These press leaks politicizing the intelligence community must stop.
His letter was sent to the press before it was sent to me. These press leaks politicizing the intelligence community must stop. https://t.co/hdWIzGWvZr
— Richard Grenell (@RichardGrenell) April 7, 2020
TheHill reports Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Calif.), the chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, is warning his panel will “undertake additional oversight” of recent changes to the Office of the Director of National Intelligence, including President Trump firing the inspector general of the intelligence community.
Schiff raised several issues related to management of the office in a letter sent Tuesday to Richard Grenell, the acting director of national intelligence.
In the letter, Schiff questions the firing of Michael Atkinson. Atkinson, in his position as inspector general, turned over a whistleblower complaint to Congress that led to impeachment hearings into Trump. Trump has railed against Atkinson, saying he “did a terrible job.”
Atkinson on Sunday said he was fired because he “faithfully discharged my legal obligations as an independent and impartial Inspector General.”
The full letter is below.