Donald Trump announced on Wednesday that he has nominated Allen Souza to be the next inspector general of the U.S. intelligence community. Trump fired former inspector general Michael Atkinson for his poor handling of the Ukraine whistleblower complaint.
Souza currently works on the White House National Security Council as a principal deputy senior director for intelligence programs but is best known as a former aide to Rep. Devin Nunes (R-CA), a strongly conservative legislator.
Nunes is the ranking member of the House Intelligence Committee and has been embroiled in both the Russia collusion investigation and the Ukraine whistleblower complaint fiasco.
Souza was hired by Nunes’ as a lawyer for the House Intelligence Committee in 2017 and 2018 before taking over as staff director of the committee in 2019, so he is well-acquainted with the mess that is the United States’ Intelligence Community.
Trump unceremoniously fired Atkinson in April of 2020 after he brought the whistleblower complaint to House Democrats for investigation. That complaint kicked off months of investigation into President Trump’s dealings with Ukraine, ultimately culminating in a failed impeachment attempt.
Trump said at the time of Atkinson’s firing that he did a “terrible job” in handling the “fake report,” saying that Atkinson is “not a big Trump fan, that I can tell you.”
Souza’s nomination has already been sent to the Senate for a hearing and confirmation vote.