Intel Chief Subpoenaed by Committee 09/19 06:07
The acting director of national intelligence has agreed to testify next week
to the House intelligence committee after balking at the panel's demand to turn
over a secret whistleblower complaint.
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The acting director of national intelligence has agreed
to testify next week to the House intelligence committee after balking at the
panel's demand to turn over a secret whistleblower complaint.
Committee Chairman Adam Schiff subpoenaed Joseph Maguire last week, saying
he was withholding a whistleblower complaint from Congress and questioning
whether he had been directed to do so by the White House or the attorney
general. Schiff did not divulge the subject of the complaint, but said the
committee has been told that the intelligence community's inspector general
determined it to be credible and a matter of "urgent concern."
Maguire will testify publicly about the whistleblower complaint on Sept. 26,
and the committee will also hear from the intelligence community's inspector
general on Thursday in a closed-door hearing, Schiff announced.
"The Committee places the highest importance on the protection of
whistleblowers and their complaints to Congress," Schiff said.
In a letter Tuesday, the general counsel for the Office of the Director of
National Intelligence, Jason Klitenic, wrote that the agency is protecting the
whistleblower and argued the allegation does not meet the definition of "urgent
concern." He said the complaint "concerned conduct from someone outside the
intelligence community and did not relate to 'intelligence activity' under the
Schiff said last week that Maguire is required to share the complaint with
Congress and said the attempt to hold it back "raises serious concerns about
whether White House, Department of Justice or other executive branch officials
are trying to prevent a legitimate whistleblower complaint from reaching its
intended recipient, the Congress, in order to cover up serious misconduct."
He added that he was concerned that administration officials "are engaged in
an unlawful effort to protect" President Donald Trump.