Devin Nunes Threatens Inspector General Of Intelligence Community With Jail
Rep. Devin Nunes (R-CA) threatened to refer Intelligence Community Inspector General Michael Atkinson to the Justice Department if he refuses to comply with congressional requests for information and documents relating to his handling of the Ukraine whistleblower complaint, according to Fox News.
Nunes, the top Republican on the House Intelligence Committee, wrote in a Friday letter to Atkinson that the inspector general has until February 14 to produce the materials or face a DOJ investigation.
“I will be referring this matter for investigation by the Department of Justice if you once again refuse to comply,” Nunes wrote.
Nunes, House Republican Leader Kevin McCarthy, and Rep. Jim Jordan (R-OH) wrote to Atkinson in September requesting documents pertaining to their investigation. Nunes wrote to the IG again last month claiming the documents they seek are “well within this committee’s oversight responsibilities related to the Intelligence Community.”
“The investigation is particularly focused on the guidelines that appeared on a whistleblower complaint submission form that was changed—after the submission of the whistleblower complaint—to eliminate language excluding hearsay information,” Nunes wrote in his letter on Friday.
Fox News reported that Republicans are also interested in “Atkinson’s testimony about the whistleblower complaint and the explanations he offered for changes made to the intelligence community inspector general's guidance on accepting secondhand information.”
Atkinson said in a statement regarding the changes that the whistleblower had filled out an older version of the form, which carried the guidance that only firsthand information would be accepted.
The Ukraine whistleblower wrote in the complaint: “I was not a direct witness to most of the events described. However, I found my colleagues’ accounts of these events to be credible, because, in almost all cases, multiple officials recounted fact patterns that were consistent with one another.”