Earlier this year, right before the current “whistleblower” complaint against President Trump was filed, the intelligence community surreptitiously “eliminated a requirement that whistleblowers provide direct, first-hand knowledge of alleged wrongdoings,” according to a Friday report by The Federalist.
The obvious impact of the change and its timing with regard to the current brouhaha with regard to the false charges by an anonymous, politically motivated whistleblower creates a suspicious set-up, laying the groundwork for what has followed.
The Federalist investigation revealed …
The brand new version of the whistleblower complaint form, which was not made public until after the transcript of Trump’s July 25 phone call with the Ukrainian president Volodymyr Zelensky and the complaint addressed to Congress were made public, eliminates the first-hand knowledge requirement and allows employees to file whistleblower complaints even if they have zero direct knowledge of underlying evidence and only “heard about [wrongdoing] from others.”
The newly revised whistleblower document, called a “Disclosure of Urgent Concern” form, was uploaded September 24, a few days before the Trump complaint was declassified and publicly released. Markings indicate the form was actually revised in August 2019.
The previous version of the whistleblower document required that complaints needed to demonstrate firsthand knowledge of an alleged wrongdoing. Rumors or hearsay would be rejected, that form declared.
“If you think that wrongdoing took place, but can provide nothing more than secondhand or unsubstantiated assertions, [the Intelligence Community Inspector General] will not be able to process the complaint or information for submission as an ICWPA,” the form stated.
Appearing with Lou Dobbs on Friday, attorney and RNC committeewoman for California Harmeet Dhillon discussed the news of the very suspicious change in the whistleblower requirement that now allows hearsay and gossip as a basis for a complaint that can essentially cause the entire government to grind to a halt.
“We learned from today’s reporting from a couple different sources, including The Federalist, that the form used to require as recently as a month ago or at least in the last year, the complaint had to be firsthand knowledge, and a number of other obligations, that it not be a matter of differences of policy. It has to be some very specific criteria. It doesn’t even cover the president, it only covers what happens in the intelligence community,” Dhillon said.
“The new form which is published on the website of the DNI for whistleblowers. It’s marked August 2019, so last month, around the time this whistleblower complaint,” she continued. “It has eliminated that first-hand knowledge requirement. And you see that reflected in the current complaint. It’s full of second-hand, third-hand and press reports and more.”
Dobbs listed several examples of what the Trump whistleblower complaint consists of, to include:
- “I received information from multiple officials.”
- “Officials have informed me.”
- “Officials with direct knowledge of the call informed me.”
- “I was told by White House officials.”
“It reads like the most preposterous document,” said Dobbs.
“There is a very good reason why we require firsthand knowledge and firsthand eyewitness testimony on these types of things,” said Dhillon. “It’s the most credible and most close to the facts. But more importantly, the type of complaint we are talking about today could not have been made under last year or earlier this year’s rules. It’s very significant that those rules were secretly, surreptitiously changed.”
“Think about the implications here. Anybody working in the intelligence community, including not just an employee, but also a contractor, so one of thousands of contractors could make a complaint against the President involving garbage from the media, and that holds up our whole government? It’s ridiculous. It doesn’t work. It’s outrageous,” she added.
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