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Inspectors General Rebuke Department's Handling of Ukraine Whistleblower's Complaint

The watchdogs say the Office of Legal Counsel's decision not to forward the complaint to Congress could "undermine the critical role whistleblowers play"

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    Acting Intel Chief Jospeh Maguire’s Full Opening Statement Before House Intelligence Hearing

    Acting Director of National Intelligence Joseph Maguire delivers his opening statement during Thursday’s testimony before the House Intelligence Committee.

    (Published Thursday, Sept. 26, 2019)

    Dozens of inspectors general across the federal government have signed a letter repudiating the Justice Department's legal opinion that the original complaint by a CIA whistleblower about President Donald Trump's conversation with Ukraine's president did not have to be turned over to Congress, NBC News reports.

    The opinion by the DOJ's Office of Legal Counsel overruled a determination by the intelligence community's own watchdog that the whistleblower's then-secret complaint, which has since sparked an impeachment inquiry, appeared credible and, therefore, should be brought to the congressional intelligence committees.

    In a strongly-worded statement written by the Justice Department Inspector General Michael Horowitz, the inspectors general portrayed the OLC opinion as dangerously wrong and severely damaging to whistleblower protections.

    "The OLC opinion, if not withdrawn or modified, could seriously undermine the critical role whistleblowers play in coming forward to report waste, fraud, abuse, and misconduct across the federal government," the independent watchdogs said.

    Acting DNI Head Doesn’t Deny Talking With Trump About Whistleblower Complaint

    [NATL] Acting DNI Head Doesn’t Deny Talking With Trump About Whistleblower Complaint

    Rep Jim Himes, D-Conn., asks acting Director of National Intelligence Joseph Maguire if he ever discussed with President Donald Trump a whistleblower complaint that alleges wrongdoing by Trump.

    (Published Thursday, Sept. 26, 2019)