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CIA watchdog-steps to trade down, pulls the IG nomination

Christopher Sharpley, has been nominated to be CIA inspector General, but now his departure from the Agency.

(Associated Press)

The acting authority on the CIA, which was accused of retaliation against the Whistleblower, is resigning, the Agency confirmed Friday.

Christopher Sharpley, whose nomination had stalled for the Agency’s inspector General post in the Senate, said in a memo to employees that he his resignation within 30 days.

“After three decades of public service, he has decided to continue his career outside of the Agency, and we wish him only the best in this new Chapter,” the CIA spokesman Ryan Trapani said in a statement. “CIA commitment to rigorous, independent scrutiny is unwavering, and the Office of Inspector General on that important mission by the transition.”

Sharpley is also the recognition of its inspector General nomination, CNN reported.

His reason for the resignation of the Agency and the withdrawal of his nomination was not immediately clear.

The Senate was not ready to advance Sharpley nomination, until a solution for the complaints of two former CIA employee whistleblowers, the alleged retaliation turned, according to a congressional aide, not authorized to discuss the matter publicly and spoke only on condition of anonymity.

“Sharpley found out, he was not being confirmed and decided to step aside,” said John Tye, executive director of the Whistleblower’s help, the is that two of the Complainants claimed, retribution.

A Complainant Jonathan Kaplan, 59, a former special agent and investigator in the inspector general’s office, is 33 years spent in the CIA.

A second Andrew Bakaj, 35, who works in this office as a special agent from 2012 to 2015. He was instrumental in the development of the Agency’s regulations for whistleblower reprisal investigations.

“I’m not aware of any open investigations on me, the details of the complaints about me,” Sharpley said at his hearing in October last year.

Sens. Chuck Grassley, Chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, and Ron Wyden to say, you will not believe it is difficult, Sharpley knew about the complaints when he testifies.

“How is it possible that he could have no knowledge of an open investigation against him at the time he testified?” Grassley, R-Iowa, and Wyden, D-ore., asked in a letter she wrote to the Senate Intelligence Committee leader.

She said the open cases was investigated by the Department of Homeland Security internal watchdog.

Representative for those, the former CIA employee told the Associated Press last year that it created friction for several years within the inspector general’s office, an independent unit in 1989 to monitor the spy Agency.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

Amy Lieu is a news editor and a reporter for Fox News.

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