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

03:25  19 september  2019
03:25  19 september  2019 Source:   cnn.com

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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."

Acting spy chief agrees to testify on whistleblower complaint before House intel panel© 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, announced Wednesday that Maguire will appear at 9 a.m. on September 26. The California Democrat also announced that the intelligence community inspector general will brief the House committee Thursday behind closed doors about how it handled the whistleblower complaint.

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a whistleblower ’s complaint and rebuffed demands that acting intelligence director Joseph Maguire appear before the panel this week to testify . subpoena escalates an unusual confrontation between the House panel and the intelligence director’s office, which oversees all 17 U.S. spy agencies.

In a subpoena issued last week, Schiff said he would force the acting intelligence chief to testify this Thursday if he did not comply with a request to turn over the complaint and all corresponding records.

On Tuesday, the Office of the Director of National Intelligence sent letters to Schiff and ranking Republican Rep. Devin Nunes of California, saying not only that Maguire was refusing to provide the requested information -- as the complaint "does not meet the definition of 'urgent concern' " -- but also that he would not appear before the committee as scheduled because he "is not available on such short notice."

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House Intelligence Chairman Adam B. Schiff said he expected acting director of national intelligence Joseph Maguire “to come in voluntarily” Thursday for Acting director of national intelligence Joseph Maguire may be required to testify publicly before the House Intelligence Committee on Thursday

Schiff says he confronted acting spy chief on whistleblower complaint . The whistleblower , however, is presumably aware of details related to the complaint and a source familiar with the situation told CNN on Tuesday By clicking Submit users are agreeing to follow the Terms of Service.

But by Wednesday, the two sides appeared to have reached a compromise, if only on the timing of the hearing, setting the stage for what could be a contentious public hearing. Maguire will likely be grilled by lawmakers concerned that the administration may have violated whistleblower protections and whether President Donald Trump or top White House officials were involved in the case.

Schiff said Monday that he does not know the exact nature of the complaint, as he has not yet received the details from the Office of the Director of National Intelligence, nor does he know the whistleblower's identity. He has argued that Maguire has taken unprecedented steps to withhold the information from Congress.

According to the Office of the Director of National Intelligence's letter Tuesday to Schiff, obtained by CNN, the complaint does not involve anyone in the intelligence community but rather "stakeholders within the Executive Branch." As a result, its lawyer argues, the complaint is not of "urgent concern" to the office.

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WASHINGTON — The acting director of national intelligence will not testify before Congress this week or immediately hand over a whistle - blower complaint to lawmakers, escalating a standoff between Capitol Hill and leaders of the intelligence agencies.

The Office of the Director of National Intelligence, led by acting director Joseph Maguire, has refused to comply with a deadline to hand over a whistleblower complaint to the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence that had been deemed by the intelligence community inspector general to

The office wrote that it plans to work with the House intelligence Committee but given that executive branch members are involved, there are "confidential and potentially privileged matters" that "will necessarily require appropriate consultations."

In response, Schiff said in a statement Tuesday: "The IC IG determined that the complaint is both credible and urgent, which is why the Committee must move quickly. The Committee's position is clear -- the Acting DNI can either provide the complaint as required under the law, or he will be required to come before the Committee to tell the public why he is not following the clear letter of the law, including whether the White House or the Attorney General are directing him to do so. He has yet to provide the complaint in response to the Committee's subpoena, so I expect him to appear on Thursday, under subpoena if necessary."

While Schiff appeared willing to work with the Office of the Director of National Intelligence on the date of Maguire's hearing, he maintained that the complaint should still be given to Congress.

"The IC IG determined that this complaint is both credible and urgent, and that it should be transmitted to Congress under the clear letter of the law. The committee places the highest importance on the protection of whistleblowers and their complaints to Congress," he said Wednesday.

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