'Pure retaliation': Former House national security official slams Trump for firing inspector general
President Donald Trump (MSNBC)

On Friday evening, President Donald Trump stunned observers by announcing he would be dismissing Michael Atkinson, the intelligence community inspector general who first relayed the whistleblower complaint about Trump's phone call with the president of Ukraine.

Daniel Goldman, a national security advisor for the House Intelligence Committee, slammed the decision on Saturday, calling it "pure retaliation" and noting that his only offense was following the law when the president did not.

The whistleblower complaint into the call, in which Trump appeared to condition military aid and a White House visit on Ukraine announcing an investigation into former Vice President Joe Biden's family, triggered Trump's impeachment.