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PoliticsAdam Schiff says DNI cited "higher authority" in refusal to turn over whistleblower complaint

05:40  16 september  2019
05:40  16 september  2019 Source:   cbsnews.com

House committee subpoenas acting intelligence director

House committee subpoenas acting intelligence director WASHINGTON (AP) — The chairman of the House intelligence committee has issued a subpoena to the acting Director of National Intelligence, saying the director is withholding a whistleblower complaint from Congress. House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff said in a statement Friday evening that the committee will require that Joseph Maguire testify Thursday unless he complies with the subpoena. Schiff was mysterious about the subject of the whistleblower complaint, saying the intelligence community's inspector general had determined it to be credible and a matter of "urgent concern.

House Intelligence Committee head Rep. Adam Schiff , D-Calif., suggested Sunday a refusal of the acting Director of National Intelligence to turn over a whistleblower 's disclosure may be a move to protect President Donald Trump. In an interview on CBS News' "Face The Nation," Schiff said acting

REP. SCHIFF : We've gotten a response and the director has said essentially that he is answering to a higher authority and refusing to turn over Now that means it's a pretty narrow group of people that it could apply to that are both above the DNI in authority and also involve privileged communications.

Congressman Adam Schiff claimed on Sunday that the official who sits atop the intelligence community is rejecting a subpoena to turn over a whistleblower complaint in order to protect an even higher-ranking official, possibly a top administration official or even President Trump.

Adam Schiff says DNI cited "higher authority" in refusal to turn over whistleblower complaint© ASSOCIATED PRESS Rep. Adam Schiff, D-Calif., walks out of the House Chamber, Tuesday, July 16, 2019, on Capitol Hill in Washington. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

"According to the director of national intelligence (DNI), the reason he's not acting to provide it, even though the statute mandates that he do so, is because he is being instructed not to. This involved a higher authority, someone above the DNI," Schiff, who is chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, said in an interview with CBS News' "Face the Nation."

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No DNI - no director of national intelligence has ever refused to turn over a whistleblower complaint . And here, Margaret, the Now that means it's a pretty narrow group of people that it could apply to that are both above the DNI in authority and also involve privileged communications.

Adam Schiff says no intelligence director has ever refused to turn over a whistleblower complaint to Congress. Schiff says the committee will "do everything necessary" to get the complaint . The committee is requiring that Maguire testify Thursday unless he complies with the subpoena.

Schiff had issued a subpoena Friday to Joseph Maguire, the acting DNI, alleging that he was unlawfully withholding the whistleblower complaint from the committee. A letter sent with the subpoena said that Maguire's office had "improperly" cited the complaint's "confidential and potentially privileged communications" as its reason for withholding it.

"The Committee can only conclude, based on this remarkable confluence of factors, that the serious misconduct at issue involves the President of the United States and/or other senior White House or Administration officials," Schiff wrote in the letter. While he said he couldn't divulge the contents of the complaint, the fact that the DNI had cited "privileged communications" means that it would involve a "pretty narrow group of people."

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Legal showdown looms over House subpoena to intel director The acting director of national intelligence is refusing to comply with a subpoena to turn over a whistleblower complaint, setting up a legal showdown this week between the Trump administration and a House committee. 

Adam Schiff says no intelligence director has ever refused to turn over a whistleblower complaint to Congress. Schiff says the committee will "do everything necessary" to get the complaint . The committee is requiring that Maguire testify Thursday unless he complies with the subpoena.

The acting director of national intelligence is refusing to comply with a subpoena to turn over a whistleblower complaint , setting up a legal showdown this week between the Trump Adam Schiff says no intelligence director has ever refused to turn over a whistleblower complaint to Congress.

"So, I think it's fair to assume this involves either the president or people around him or both," Schiff said.

Further, the complaint had been deemed "credible" by the inspector general of the intelligence community (IC IG). By Friday, more than 10 days had lapsed since Maguire was supposed to hand over the complaint.

"At the end of the day, if the director of national intelligence is going to undermine the whistleblower protections," Schiff said. "It means that people are going to end up taking the law into their own hands and going directly to the press, instead of the mechanism that Congress set to protect classified information."

That, he said would threaten U.S. national security and the whistleblower system "that encourages people to expose wrongdoing."

"No DNI — no director of national intelligence — has ever refused to turn over a whistleblower complaint," Schiff added.

Acting spy chief agrees to testify on whistleblower complaint before House intel panel

Acting spy chief agrees to testify on whistleblower complaint before House intel panel Acting Director of National Intelligence Joseph Maguire has agreed to testify in an open session before the House Intelligence Committee after refusing to comply with Tuesday's deadline to hand over a whistleblower complaint that had been deemed by the intelligence community inspector general to be "credible and urgent." © Al Drago/Getty Images Retired Vice Adm. Joseph Maguire testifies during a Senate Intelligence Committee hearing to be confirmed as the director of the National Counterterrorism Center, on Capitol Hill, on July 25, 2018 in Washington, DC. The committee's chairman, Rep.

Adam Schiff says no intelligence director has ever refused to turn over a whistleblower complaint to Congress. Schiff says the committee will "do everything necessary" to get the complaint . The committee is requiring that Maguire testify Thursday unless he complies with the subpoena.

Adam Schiff says no intelligence director has ever refused to turn over a whistleblower complaint to Congress. Schiff says the committee will "do everything necessary" to get the complaint . The committee is requiring that Maguire testify Thursday unless he complies with the subpoena.

The IG, he pointed out, "did some preliminary investigation, found the whistleblower to be credible, that suggests corroboration. And that it involved serious or flagrant wrongdoing."

Schiff said he is concerned that the complaint "involves wrongdoing that's under investigation by our committee." He added that the committee would do "everything necessary" to ensure that the whistleblowers who were not allowed to give their complaint to the committee "can come directly to Congress." However, according to Schiff, the director is "also prohibiting" this, too.

Schiff said in a statement that more than 10 days had lapsed since Maguire was obligated to hand over the complaint, which had been deemed "credible" by the inspector general of the intelligence community.

Mr. Trump named Maguire, a retired vice admiral who was serving as director of the National Counterterrorism Center, acting DNI last month after former DNI Dan Coats and Principal Deputy DNI Sue Gordon offered their resignations.

Gordon, a career official who would by law have assumed the acting role, included a note alongside her resignation letter indicating she was not leaving by choice. "You should have your team," she wrote to the president.

Reporting by Olivia Gazis.

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Schiff says whistleblower wants to talk to House intelligence Committee .
House Intelligence Committee chairman Rep. Adam Schiff announced Tuesday that the whistleblower who filed a mysterious complaint, which includes allegations about President Donald Trump's conduct, would like to speak to the committee. The whistleblower has requested guidance from acting DNI Joseph Maguire on how to do so, Schiff said."We have been informed by the whistleblower's counsel that their client would like to speak to our committee and has requested guidance from the Acting DNI as to how to do so," Schiff tweeted.

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