Intel Community Secretly Gutted Requirement Of First-Hand Whistleblower Knowledge

Federal records show that the intelligence community secretly revised the formal whistleblower complaint form in August 2019 to eliminate the requirement of direct, first-hand knowledge of wrongdoing.
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Between May 2018 and August 2019, the intelligence community secretly eliminated a requirement that whistleblowers provide direct, first-hand knowledge of alleged wrongdoings. This raises questions about the intelligence community’s behavior regarding the August submission of a whistleblower complaint against President Donald Trump. The new complaint document no longer requires potential whistleblowers who wish to have their concerns expedited to Congress to have direct, first-hand knowledge of the alleged wrongdoing that they are reporting.

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 internal properties of the newly revised “Disclosure of Urgent Concern” form, which the intelligence community inspector general (ICIG) requires to be submitted under the Intelligence Community Whistleblower Protection Act (ICWPA), show that the document was uploaded on September 24, 2019, at 4:25 p.m., just days before the anti-Trump complaint was declassified and released to the public. The markings on the document state that it was revised in August 2019, but no specific date of revision is disclosed.

The complaint alleges that President Donald Trump broke the law during a phone call with the Ukrainian president. In his complaint, which was dated August 12, 2019, the complainant acknowledged he was “not a direct witness” to the wrongdoing he claims Trump committed.

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If you look deep into this story, you have to ask who is Kurt Volker? His connection to McCain, and the Dossier delivered by McCain's people to the FBI, etc. If you don't smell a rat in this whole story, then you must be smoking something. When the IG Report eventually comes out from Durham, and the Posse it will be real interesting to see the deep connection to John McCain, his institute and the deep state. We need to buy a bus ticket to all the McCain's and ship them out of the State of Arizona. This is a threat to our Republic. Treason?

I think the darn McCain's can afford their on ticket out of AZ. As far as I am concerned I have an image in my head that includes a vision of tar and feathers.

Sounds like they turned the whistle blower complaint form requirement into a quasi-red flag law that legitimizes gossip and innuendo.

Angie, Thumbs Up! Perceptive!

"Intel community" ... that's FBI.   Again the FBI is involved in "Deep State" activity.  Wray is following Sessions' footsteps of 'slow up' and 'cover up'.  Wray needs to go.  Trump is smart; I'm sure he's just waiting for the proper moment.  I'm sure Wray knows as well .... just like Sessions knew the writing was on the wall.

What an amazing coincidence!  Am I being skeptical when I believe that the whistleblower was selected and then realizing the law wouldn't allow it they changed the law to make it work?

This is a major revision to the form that expands the protective coverage of the ICWPA to persons for whom the ICWPA was not intended to cover. 

An agency cannot and should not be able to unilaterally change a form in order to provide expanded coverage.  This argument would test the efficacy of this later whistle blowers' disclosure as well as whether this whistle blower is covered by the act.  Hmmmmm.  Thoughts?

This is a good analysis for the situation. Was Bolton the individual who passed the information on to the Whistle Blower?

I don't think so.  Bolton is an aggressive nationalist but he is not a traitor. He is stubborn and does not give ground when he thinks he is right.  But, neither does Trump.  Betting against Trump is a poor bet.

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