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  Posted 01 October 2019 - 01:06 AM

Top Lawmakers Tell Intel Community Inspector General: Come Clean On Secret Changes To Whistleblower Rules

Sean Davis
The Federalist
9/30/19

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Republican lawmakers in both the Senate and House on Monday demanded answers from the Intelligence Community Inspector General (ICIG) about secret revisions to the office’s guidance on “urgent concern” whistleblower complaints. The Federalist first reported last week that between May 2018 and August 2019, the ICIG secretly eliminated its requirement that potential whistleblowers provide only first-hand evidence of alleged wrongdoing.

In their letter to Michael Atkinson, the ICIG, Reps. Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.), Devin Nunes (R-Calif.), and Jim Jordan (R-Ohio) noted that the anti-Trump complainant offered no direct, first-hand evidence of alleged wrongdoing against President Donald Trump. Instead, the complaint is littered with gossip, hearsay, and rumor. The lawmakers specifically asked the ICIG to explain when the whistleblower guidance was revised, by whom, and for what reason.

“Based on the language on [the May 24, 2018] form, it appears that the requirement for first-hand information has been an ICIG policy regardless of how a whistleblower makes an urgent concern report,” they wrote. “Curiously the urgent disclosure form that now appears on the Office of the Director of National Intelligence website has recently changed and no longer contains this explicit first-hand information requirement.”

“[T]he timing of the removal of the first-hand information requirement raises questions about potential connections to this whistleblower’s complaint,” the lawmakers continued. “This timing, along with numerous apparent leaks of classified information about the contents of this complaint, also raise questions about potential criminality in the handling of these matters.”

The letter informs the ICIG that he must provide answers to their questions about the timing and rationale of the secret changes to the whistleblower guidance by noon on Thursday, October 3. The lawmakers told the ICIG to treat the letter as a formal demand to preserve all evidence related to the changes to the internal ICIG whistleblower rules.

Of particular note on the letter is the signature of McCarthy, the top Republican in the U.S. House. Nunes is the top Republican on the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, and Jordan is the top Republican on the House Oversight Committee.

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Posted 01 October 2019 - 05:39 AM

It's funny how they changed the rule and then got a report right after they did so. It's almost like they changed the rule to allow this chucklehead to write this specious nonsense.
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Posted 01 October 2019 - 07:56 AM

View PostTaggart Transcontinental, on 01 October 2019 - 05:39 AM, said:

It's funny how they changed the rule and then got a report right after they did so. It's almost like they changed the rule to allow this chucklehead to write this specious nonsense.

This is all more orchestrated and coordinated than a synchronized swimming competition.
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Posted 01 October 2019 - 09:43 AM

View PostSeverian, on 01 October 2019 - 07:56 AM, said:

This is all more orchestrated and coordinated than a synchronized swimming competition.

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COLLUSION! COLLUSION! :rant:
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Posted 01 October 2019 - 10:59 AM

View PostRock N, on 01 October 2019 - 09:43 AM, said:

:yeahthat:

COLLUSION! COLLUSION! :rant:

Thing to remember-if dimocrats accuse you of something, it's guaranteed to be something they have already done, are doing, or are plotting to do.
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Posted 01 October 2019 - 12:54 PM

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No, the intelligence community did not eliminate a firsthand knowledge requirement for the Ukraine whistleblower

by Kaylee McGhee
| October 01, 2019 12:28 PM
There’s a theory floating around the Internet that claims the intelligence community secretly eliminated a whistleblowing requirement just before the Ukraine scandal broke.

The idea is that deep state operatives believed President Trump’s phone call with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky could damage his presidency, so they changed the rules to make it easier for a whistleblower to come forward by eliminating the legal requirement for first-hand knowledge.

But this theory is just that — a theory, nothing more. It should be treated as such.

The Federalist’s Sean Davis was the first to peddle this theory, claiming in an article that “between May 2018 and August 2019,” the intelligence community created a “brand new version of the whistleblower complaint form” that “no longer requires potential whistleblowers who wish to have their concerns expedited to Congress to have direct, firsthand knowledge of the alleged wrongdoing that they are reporting.”

MAGA world and even Trump himself latched onto this as proof of yet another coup. "WHO CHANGED THE LONG STANDING WHISTLEBLOWER RULES JUST BEFORE SUBMITTAL OF THE FAKE WHISTLEBLOWER REPORT? DRAIN THE SWAMP!" Trump tweeted.

But the whole thing is false. The intelligence community did indeed revise its whistleblower submission form in August, but it did not change the rules to allow secondhand information because, as the Office of the Inspector General explained, there was never a firsthand requirement in the first place.

Moreover, according to the inspector general, the Ukraine whistleblower used the old form on Aug. 12, 2019. It was the same form that the inspector general had in place since May 2018.

“Although the form requests information about whether the Complainant possesses firsthand knowledge about the matter about which he or she is lodging the complaint, there is no such requirement set forth in the statute. In fact, by law the Complainant — or any individual in the Intelligence Community who wants to report information with respect to an urgent concern to the congressional intelligence committees — need not possess first-hand information in order to file a complaint or information with respect to an urgent concern,” the inspector general said.

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Posted 01 October 2019 - 09:46 PM

But it's like hush-hush and stuff. Just go on about your business and "Trust Us".
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Posted 02 October 2019 - 04:03 AM

View PostLadybird, on 01 October 2019 - 12:54 PM, said:

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No, the intelligence community did not eliminate a firsthand knowledge requirement for the Ukraine whistleblower

by Kaylee McGhee
| October 01, 2019 12:28 PM
There’s a theory floating around the Internet that claims the intelligence community secretly eliminated a whistleblowing requirement just before the Ukraine scandal broke.

The idea is that deep state operatives believed President Trump’s phone call with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky could damage his presidency, so they changed the rules to make it easier for a whistleblower to come forward by eliminating the legal requirement for first-hand knowledge.

But this theory is just that — a theory, nothing more. It should be treated as such.

The Federalist’s Sean Davis was the first to peddle this theory, claiming in an article that “between May 2018 and August 2019,” the intelligence community created a “brand new version of the whistleblower complaint form” that “no longer requires potential whistleblowers who wish to have their concerns expedited to Congress to have direct, firsthand knowledge of the alleged wrongdoing that they are reporting.”

MAGA world and even Trump himself latched onto this as proof of yet another coup. "WHO CHANGED THE LONG STANDING WHISTLEBLOWER RULES JUST BEFORE SUBMITTAL OF THE FAKE WHISTLEBLOWER REPORT? DRAIN THE SWAMP!" Trump tweeted.

But the whole thing is false. The intelligence community did indeed revise its whistleblower submission form in August, but it did not change the rules to allow secondhand information because, as the Office of the Inspector General explained, there was never a firsthand requirement in the first place.

Moreover, according to the inspector general, the Ukraine whistleblower used the old form on Aug. 12, 2019. It was the same form that the inspector general had in place since May 2018.

“Although the form requests information about whether the Complainant possesses firsthand knowledge about the matter about which he or she is lodging the complaint, there is no such requirement set forth in the statute. In fact, by law the Complainant — or any individual in the Intelligence Community who wants to report information with respect to an urgent concern to the congressional intelligence committees — need not possess first-hand information in order to file a complaint or information with respect to an urgent concern,” the inspector general said.

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I think you're wrong
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Posted 02 October 2019 - 06:12 AM

View Postfirecoco, on 02 October 2019 - 04:03 AM, said:



I think they're wrong.
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Posted 02 October 2019 - 10:00 AM

The socialist swamp is determined to get rid of Trump. If Trump wins a second term, there’s no telling how far the swamp will go to get rid of him.
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