US Acting Director of National Intelligence Joseph Maguire claimed he will not hand over a whistleblower complaint to the House Intelligence Committee as required by a subpoena by Adam Schiff, Committee Chairman, NBC News reported Wednesday.
Maguire said the secret complaint will be withheld, because it reveals information about a person from outside the secret agencies and therefore not necessarily should be disclosed to the House of Representatives.
Schiff issued a subpoena against the acting director last week, stating that the complained must have been handed over to the Committee weeks ago. Earlier this week Schiff issued a statement, saying that Maguire is now expected to appear before the Committee panel at an open hearing Thursday.
Jason Klitenic, the DNI’s general counsel, has sent a number of letters to the House Intelligence Committee in order to explain the reasoning behind withholding the complaint. According to one of the letters, the complaint does not meet the requirements to be handed over to Congress as it describes the “conduct by someone outside the Intelligence Community and does not relate to any ‘intelligence activity within the responsibility and authority of the DNI.’”
Another letter by Klitenic states that “the information within the present complaint … is different in kind from that involved in any past cases of which we are aware. The present complaint does not allege misconduct within the Intelligence Community or concern an intelligence activity subject to the authority of the DNI. Furthermore, because the complaint involves confidential and potentially privileged communications by persons outside the Intelligence Community, the DNI lacks unilateral authority to transmit such materials to the intelligence committees. Therefore, the DNI determined not to transmit this confidential information to the intelligence committees.”
Natalia Veselnitskaya – official website