In the midst of the Ukraine complaint, GOP questions drop to move ‘first-hand’ info-requirement in the whistleblower form

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Republicans on Monday called for intelligence community officials to explain why a key whistleblower form appears to have been changed to drop the requirement for “first hand information” to ask whether the timing was with the controversial complaint, the President of Trump’s call with the leaders of Ukraine.

The anonymous complaint that spurred Democrats in Congress to introduce an impeachment inquiry last week, was based on second-hand accounts of the “more than a half-dozen U.S. officials.”


It is claimed that Trump a study from the Ukraine in the Biden family – something that is confirmed by the now-public transcript of the conversation with President Vladimir Zelensky was looking for. And it included a variety of other disputed claims, including that the officers moved to “lock down” records of the call.

But in a detail, a reported first of The Federalist,-key-form was recently revised to drop such complaints are a requirement that first-hand information to be sent to the Congress.

In a letter to Fox News, the top house Republicans, Intelligence Community, General inspector, Michael Atkinson called for received to preserve all documents in connection with this revision, supposedly sometime in August.

In particular, the question whether the timing was in connection with the Ukraine complaint.

“If this was published in a revised form, and whether or not the whistleblower received a copy of this form at the time of publication on August 12, 2019, are both unknown, the house Intelligence Committee. But, the timing of the removal of the first-hand information request, raises questions about possible connections to this whistleblower complaint,” said the letter, signed by House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., House Intelligence Committee Ranking Member Devin Nunes, R-Calif., and House Oversight Committee Ranking member Jim Jordan, R-Ohio. “This timing, along with numerous obvious leaks of classified information about the content of this complaint, also raise questions about possible criminal liability in dealing with these issues.”


The office of the Director of National Intelligence and the inspector general’s office did not respond to requests, first made Friday by Fox News, for the comment about the disclosure form and if changes have been made.

The output standard is used, along with other criteria to determine whether a complaint of “urgent concern” worthy than “believe.” Atkinson reported to the Congress, he had already noticed, the Ukraine call complaints appeared credible. However, the Ministry of justice’s Office of Legal Counsel, the complaint is found not to meet the “urgent concern” standard, required immediate congressional notification.


The Republicans to the fact that a prior version of the form released in may 2018 and contain pointed out the clear language speaks to a whistleblower first-hand information to be as credible perceived.

According to the letter, it says: “to find an urgent concern of ‘credible’ the ICIG must be in possession of reliable, first-hand information. The ICIG is not the transmission of information via the [Intelligence Community Whistleblower Protection Act], on the basis of the employee’s second-hand knowledge of misconduct. This includes information obtained from another person, for example, if an employee informs you that he/behavior you witness by some kind of bug. (Someone with first-hand knowledge of the allegations, a file can ICIG disclosure in writing directly with the.) Similarly, speculation about the existence of misconduct is not a sufficient legal basis for the fulfilment of the legal requirements of the ICWPA. If you think that a miscarriage has taken place, but nothing more than second-hand or unsubstantiated allegations, ICIG will not be able to edit the complaints or information for the submission as the ICWPA can.”

The house GOP letter to ICIG from Fox News on Scribd

The claim has now been dropped.

Trump seized on the obvious change with all-caps tweet Monday morning: “WHO CHANGED THE long-standing WHISTLEBLOWER RULES shortly BEFORE the SUBMISSION of THE FAKE WHISTLEBLOWER REPORT? THE SWAMP DRY UP!”

In their letter, the Republicans, told Atkinson, your correspondence as a “preservation order for all documents and communications from your office to the questions discussed here.” They went over a long list of questions, which was updated when the form is why it was updated, who approved the changes, and more.

There are questions, however, about the question of whether the prior form may have been faulty.

Julian Sanchez, a senior fellow at the Cato Institute, noted that the relevant legislation and other underlying policies require that such whistleblower disclosures to “first-Hand” information. He called the new form “in accordance with the law.”

“If something is sketchy here, to be honest, it’s not the current shape, but the old: Just because it could easily be misunderstood, as implying the protection are not entitled to, when they disclose abuse is learned indirectly. That would be a serious misinterpretation of the law,” he tweeted.

Senate Republicans, meanwhile, sent their own letter to Atkinson question for details about the change. The letter also mentions you are not aware of any Federal law require first-hand information, in order for such complaints “to be accepted and credible,” but the question of the timeline and why the claim was originally in place.was

This letter was sent by the Senate Homeland Security Committee Chairman Ron Johnson, R-Wis. Senate Finance Committee Chairman Charles Grassley, R-Iowa, and Sen. Mike Lee, R-Utah.

The complaint, the Protocol and the various accusations surrounding both documents are the basis for the official charge of the probe, Trump form-allied Republicans will argue, Democrats are jumping to conclusions to. During testimony last week before the House Intelligence Committee, Acting DNI, Joseph Maguire, the complaint as “hearsay.”


“Our roles in the house of representatives, placing us at the forefront of the impeachment crisis manufactured by Democrats in Congress,” the house Republicans wrote in their letter to Atkinson, the setting of the Thursday deadline. Atkinson is set to appear in a closed session before the House Intelligence Committee that on the following day.

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