Devin Nunes Claims Deep State ‘Knowingly Changed’ Whistleblower Protocol
Rep. Devin Nunes (R-CA) confirmed during an appearance on Sirius XM’s Breitbart News Sunday that the intelligence community inspector general (ICIG) changed whistleblower protocol, which resulted in the current Ukraine scandal and subsequent impeachment inquiry against President Trump.
“[The ICIG is] either totally incompetent or part of the deep state, and he’s got a lot of questions he needs to answer because he knowingly changed the form and the requirements in order to make sure that this whistleblower complaint got out publicly.” Nunes said to Matt Boyle on the radio program.
“So he’s either incompetent or in on it, and he’s going to have more to answer for, I can promise you, because we are not going to let him go; he is going to tell he truth about what happened,” Nunes added.
Nunes claimed that the whistleblower filled out the old form that required first hand knowledge when they initially submitted their complaint, but the rules were changed after it was filed in order to validate and publicize the complaint. It is hard to believe that all of this occurred by happenstance.
“First of all, you have the change of the forms. … You no longer had to have firsthand information; you had to have secondhand information. Clearly they backdated it to August. The evidence is clear that it didn’t change on the website until the 25th of September,” Nunes said.
“So the form that the whistleblower filled out — he actually filled out the old form that said you had to have firsthand knowledge. The whistleblower readily admits he doesn’t have firsthand knowledge. So conveniently the IG did this, claims that was always the case, claims it wasn’t the law; I already told you, he’s going to have more questions to answer,” he added.
Michael Atkinson, who is the current ICIG, testified to Congressional lawmakers on Friday and addressed questions and comments about the whistleblower. Atkinson’s testimony was not made public, but Democrats were apparently very happy with his performance.
“While we cannot get into the substance, we explored with the IG through documents and testimony the reasons why he found the whistleblower complaint to be both urgent and credible,” Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA) said in a statement. “We look forward to following up on what we learned today and continuing our investigation into the facts.”
Big League Politics reported last week that the CIA whistleblower may have committed a felony submitting the complaint because they failed to disclose the communications that they had with Rep. Schiff’s office:
The CIA “whistleblower” who issued a complaint against President Donald Trump based on his correspondence with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky may have committed a felony by not disclosing their meetings with Rep. Adam Schiff (R-CA) on the report…
Sean Davis, legal analyst for The Federalist, believes that the whistleblower may have violated the following requirement on the complaint submission form: “I have previously disclosed (or am disclosing) the violations alleged here to (complete all that apply).”
A provision in the bill could put the deep state whistle-blower, who made the complaint without any first hand knowledge of Trump’s actions, on the wrong side of the law.
“I certify that all of the statements made in this complaint (including any continuation pages) are true, complete, and correct to the best of my knowledge and belief,” whistleblowers must attest when submitting a complaint.
The potential punishment is severe: “I understand that, pursuant to 18 U.S.C. 1001, a false statement or concealment of a material fact is a criminal offense punishable by a fine of up to $10,000, imprisonment for up to five years, or both.”
With the shuttered Russian collusion investigation now a fading memory, what is likely the next phase of the deep state’s coup against President Trump is proceeding at breakneck speed.