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Republican, Democratic Senators Press Trump for More on IG's Firing

The senators want a written explanation for the removal of the intelligence community inspector general who flagged the Ukraine complaint

In this June 26, 2019, file photo, Senate Judiciary Committee member Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, speaks during a Senate Judiciary Committee nominations hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington.
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Republican Sen. Chuck Grassley of Iowa said Wednesday he's assembled a bipartisan group of senators calling on President Donald Trump to provide a "detailed written explanation" for the removal of the inspector general who flagged the Ukraine whistleblower complaint, NBC News reports.

Citing a loss of confidence, Trump told Congress on Friday that he was removing Michael Atkinson, the inspector general of the intelligence community, who deemed the complaint an "urgent concern" and was then required by law to provide it to the congressional intelligence committees.

The complaint and a House inquiry ended in Trump's impeachment. He was acquitted by the Senate in February.

In a letter sent to Trump on Wednesday, Grassley says current law requires the president to notify Congress in writing of the reasons for removal 30 days in advance, and it also notes reports that Atkinson had already been placed on administrative leave, which effectively sidestepped the requirement.

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