Rachel Maddow’s report on the Trump Administration’s efforts to keep a whistle blower under wraps is must see TV.

By |2019-09-17T06:51:21-08:00September 17th, 2019|Categories: News|Tags: , , , , , |10 Comments

Nobody describes these things as well as Rachel Maddow.

Here is a little more detail from Salon:

While President Trump and his administration, namely former Attorney General Jeff Sessions, loudly complained about leaking from the early onset and pushed people to go through the proper channels with complaints, there is now a serious allegation that even whistleblowers have been silenced by the administration.

According to Rep. Adam Schiff, D-Calif, chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, a whistleblower who lodged an urgent complaint about wrongdoing within the intelligence community has gone ignored and left unprotected. In a letter released on Friday, Schiff accused a “top intel official of illegally withholding” a “whistleblower” complaint described as “urgent” by the Intelligence Community Inspector General (IC IG) — and one that could implicate the White House.

“A month ago, a whistleblower within the intelligence community lawfully filed a complaint regarding a serious or flagrant problem, abuse, violation of law, or deficiency within the responsibility or authority of the Director of National Intelligence,” Schiff said in a statement. The IC IG first notified the committee of the whistleblower complaint on Sept. 9. The next day, Schiff requested a full, unredacted copy of the complaint, the ICIG’s findings related to the matter, and all records connected to the Office of the Director of National Intelligence’s (ODNI) involvement, “including any and all correspondence with other Executive Branch actors including the White House.”

In what may be the clearest example yet of obstruction in the Trump administration, acting Director of National Intelligence Joseph Maguire, in direct contradiction to an unambiguous rule worked out in the wake of Watergate, is refusing to hand over the whistleblower’s complaint to Congress. The ODNI officially declined the Intelligence Committee’s request on Friday, saying that Maguire is withholding the complaint in part because it “involves confidentially and potentially privileged communications by persons outside the Intelligence Community.” But the statutory mandate being ignored by Maguire was specifically intended to deny intelligence officials this kind of discretion — that is, they’re not supposed to keep Congress from hearing whistleblower reports, or to let the officials implicated in any allegations unilaterally decide to bury them.

This is definitely about Trump, no doubt about it. 

And it is yet another example of the Trump Administration breaking the rules to protect a president who clearly does not respect governmental guidelines or the rule of law. 

Rachel was right that if this were Barack Obama doing this Fox News would be talking about 24 hours a day. 

So where is our outrage? 

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10 Comments

  1. Rick September 17, 2019 at 12:19 pm

    Where was your outrage at the Obama administration going after Snowden? He was just a whistleblower too. Showing us that the US government spied on us all illegally.

  2. puck September 17, 2019 at 2:40 pm

    no president is perfect. it is just is SO wrong and the orange baby will never admit he’s wrong. ever. surely he can affrord a better spray tan. i have never been so angry with a president. even”W” was better. he was a screwup from day one. but he never gassed anyone, or put small children in. what a cold hearted self centre son of a bitch.

  3. Anonymous September 17, 2019 at 7:39 pm

    BREAKING: In first post elections speech Netanyahu refuses to concede. blames the media for biased coverage

    — Barak Ravid (@BarakRavid) September 18, 2019

    https://www.rawstory.com/2019/09/netanyahu-refuses-to-concede-after-he-falls-short-blames-media-instead/

  4. Arabella September 17, 2019 at 8:05 pm

    Would have had more respect for Ed if he’d done his whistle blowing stateside instead of running to two of the most oppressive governments and handing over documents to them. At least Daniel Ellsberg stood his ground in the US.

  5. Anonymous September 18, 2019 at 3:36 am

    I don’t understand why the whistleblower doesn’t reach out to a congressperson unofficially via a lawyer. If our system doesn’t work, it is time to be creative. I don’t know the rules but imagine the person would not be covered under whistleblower laws? So sue the government then.I swear we need national gofundme efforts to guarantee income for people who can end this nightmare once and for all.

  6. Rating$ September 18, 2019 at 7:21 am

    “Whatever just happened, it’s about Trump, not Afghanistan,” tweeted Barnett R. Rubin, former senior adviser to the U.S. Special Representative for Afghanistan and Pakistan.

    “He wanted a photo op and a high-ratings TV show, and when it didn’t work out, he canceled it.”

    No one, apparently, was more taken aback by Trump’s decision to dump the peace talks than the Taliban themselves, according to the Afghanistan Times.

    https://www.rawstory.com/2019/09/heres-what-really-went-down-with-trumps-taliban-peace-talks-misadventure/

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