Grassley demands to know why the FBI raided a registered whistleblower
Grassley demands to know why the FBI raided a registered whistleblower who turned over Clinton Foundation, Uranium One documents to Congress By JD Heyes – News Target
The chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee is demanding to know why the FBI raided the home of a known, registered whistleblower and bureau contractor after he turned over documents pertaining to the Clinton Foundation and Uranium One deal earlier this year.
Sen. Charles Grassley, R-Iowa, in a letter to FBI Director Christopher Wray (pictured above) explained that Dennis Nathan Cain is a “recognized Department of Justice whistleblower” and should have been protected from such raids by law.
The Daily Caller reported exclusively:
The Justice Department’s inspector general was informed that the documents show that federal officials failed to investigate potential criminal activity regarding former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, the Clinton Foundation and Rosatom, the Russian company that purchased Uranium One, a document reviewed by The Daily Caller News Foundation alleges.
In addition, the documents indicate that then-FBI Director Robert Mueller, the special counsel investigating POTUS Donald Trump for possible criminal “collusion” with Russia during the 2016 presidential election, did not look into legitimate allegations of criminal activity related to Rosatom and other Russian government institutions that were tied to the Uranium One sale, which was approved when Hillary Clinton was secretary of state.
Some Republicans have intimated that foreign donations to the Clinton Foundation poured in during her tenure as President Obama’s chief diplomat, perhaps in anticipation of a successful run for president, suggesting a quid pro quo arrangement.
In his letter to Wray, Grassley wanted to know if the FBI was aware of Cain making a lawful transaction of information to the government under the purview of the Intelligence Community Whistleblower Protection Act before the raid took place. (Related: Deep State FBI is now America’s Gestapo as they raid whistleblower who revealed damning documents on Hillary Clinton and Uranium One.)
‘Outrageous disregard’ by the FBI
In addition, the Iowa Republican asked if the FBI knew that the information they seized from Cain had already been properly passed along to the House and Senate Intelligence committees.
He also wanted to know if any of the information FBI agents seized is considered classified and on what basis the raid took place. As The National Sentinel reported, Grassley gave Wray until Dec. 12 to respond.
The news site noted further that the raid was authorized by a court order signed by federal magistrate Stephanie A. Gallagher in the U.S. District Court of Baltimore on Nov. 15. The Daily Caller added that FBI agents said they believed Cain was in possession of stolen materials, according to the whistleblower’s lawyer, Michael Socarras.
The attorney said that his client informed FBI agents when they arrived at his home with a search warrant that he was a protected and recognized whistleblower but that didn’t matter; agents entered the home and conducted the search anyway, which took about six hours though Cain says he gave the agent in charge the electronically stored documents immediately.
“The bureau raided my client to seize what he legally gave Congress about the Clinton Foundation and Uranium One,” Socarras told The Daily Caller, adding that the raid demonstrated an “outrageous disregard” for his client’s alleged whistleblower protections.
“For the bureau to show up at Mr. Cain’s home suggesting that those same documents are stolen federal property” after they were taken to Congress by a member of the IG’s staff, “and then proceed to seize copies of the same documents after being told at the house door that he is a legally protected whistleblower who gave them to Congress, is an outrageous disregard of the law,” Socarras said.
“I cannot believe the bureau informed the federal magistrate who approved the search warrant that they wanted to search the home of an FBI whistleblower to seize the information that he confidentially disclosed to the IG and Congress,” he added.
It isn’t clear what the bureau told the court, only that agents were able to obtain a search warrant.