Whistleblower Rules Changes Right Before Complaint Filed

Sean Davis appeared on Fox and Friends this morning to explain a major development in the Trump-Ukraine saga. He has found out the intelligence community secretly changed the rules governing whistle-blowers just before word of a whistleblower in the White House was made public.

Somewhere between May 2018 and August 2019 the intelligence secretly did away with its former requirement that a whistleblower must have “firsthand knowledge” before a complaint can be considered.

A new version of the official complaint form was not made public until after the transcript of Trump’s July 25 phone call with the Ukrainian president Volodymyr Zelensky. The new form allows Federal employees to file a whistleblower complaint even when they have “zero direct knowledge of underlying evidence” and have only heard about the wrongdoings of others.

Smell like a set up to anyone else?

Timothy Johnson of Media Matters tried to debunk the report from Sean Davis of the Federalist by parsing the meaning of “firsthand knowledge when he wrote, “Although the issue of firsthand versus secondhand knowledge is moot, Davis also tried to undermine the whistleblower complaint by mischaracterizing what exactly the whistleblower alleged. In his article, Davis writes that ‘the complainant acknowledged he was ‘not a direct witness’ to the wrongdoing he claims Trump committed.’ Not so. Here is what the relevant line from the complaint says (emphasis added): ‘I was not a direct witness to most of the events described. That suggests the complainant has some firsthand knowledge.’”

According to Davis, the new “Disclosure of Urgent Concern” form required by the Intelligence Community Whistleblower Protection Act (ICWPA) was uploaded on September 24, 2019, at 4:25 p.m.

Previously, the form stated, “The [Intelligence Community Inspector General] cannot transmit information via the ICPWA based on an employee’s second-hand knowledge of wrongdoing.” The section came under a bolded heading “FIRST-HAND INFORMATION REQUIRED.”

Speaking on CBS’s “Face The Nation” Sen. Lindsey Graham said the whole thing seems “like a political setup.” He said the accusation is nothing but hearsay, something for which no DA could even get a “parking ticket conviction.”

After reading the original whistleblower complaint, Graham agreed with many like-minded conservatives that the document “sounds like a legal document.” He offered some encouraging advice for his former opponent:

“If Mueller wasn’t a witch-hunt,” he quipped. “This is — The Salem witch trials have more due process than this… ‘How do you know she’s a witch?’ ‘Somebody told me she’s a witch.’ ‘How do you know she’s a witch?’ ‘I read articles thinking she might be a witch.’ … I don’t think they’re going to remove a man from office based on a hearsay accusation. And Bill Clinton was able to do two things at once, defend himself and govern the country.

The Ukraine call complaint has all the earmarks of the failed Mueller report. It is riffled with references to what the witness heart from first, second, and third parties. The complaint offers only vague references to “unnamed” sources.

I have received information from multiple U.S. Government officials…

Officials have informed me…

I was told by White House officials…

I learned from multiple U.S. officials…

One White House official described this act…

Based on multiple readouts of these meetings recounted to me…

Several U.S. officials told me…

Proving Media Matters wrong about its “fact-finding,” researcher Stephen McIntyre offered several screenshots of what was secretly eliminated from the Urgent Disclosure form the White House whistleblower used to submit his allegations. Media Matters claims no such requirement for firsthand knowledge existed, but the first paragraph of the former document reads:

In order to find an urgent concern “credible,” the IG must be in possession of reliable, first-hand information. The IC IG cannot transmit … second-hand knowledge of wrong doing such as when a fellow employee informs you that he/she witnessed some type of wrong doing … if you … can prove nothing more than second-hand or unsubstantiated assertions, IC IG will not be able to process the complaint .. (EMPHASIS MINE).

It only takes a comparison of the current Disclosure of Urgent Concern form to see why the change might have been made by still entrenched Deep State. The White House whistleblower wouldn’t have been given the time of day had he/she filed using the previous guidelines.

The timing of this complaint is obvious. Officials under the Director of National Intelligence refused to comment and for good reason. The Deep State has been caught red-handed again. The mainstream media will, of course, tell you none of this.

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