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NEW: The intel community’s chief watchdog is known as a highly cautious “straight shooter” who keeps his head down. So when he sounded the alarm to Congress earlier this month about a whistleblower, those who know him thought: “oh shit, this is real.” politico.com/story/2019/09/…
“He’s not somebody who’s ever looking for the limelight,” said Steve Bummel, who worked with Atkinson at DOJ. “I’d put him into the Bob Mueller school of prosecutors — very traditional, with a no-stone-unturned approach. I’d assume he’s doing that here.” politico.com/story/2019/09/…
Atkinson testified last year that he would consider resigning if he were prevented from pursuing an investigation he found significant. But he indicated that it would be a last resort. “If I felt strongly enough and it really went to a core principle, yes, I would consider” it.
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