Opinion | Elder Patriot – According to investigative reporter Sean Davis, writing for The Federalist, during testimony to the House Intelligence Committee (HPSCI), Intelligence Community Inspector General Michael Atkinson allegedly “refused to disclose why his office backdated secret changes to key whistleblower forms and rules.”
(The Federalist) … the Intelligence Community Inspector General (ICIG) confirmed, the spy watchdog secretly changed its whistleblower forms and internal rules in September to eliminate a requirement that whistleblowers provide first-hand evidence to support any allegations of wrongdoing…
… Michael Atkinson, the intelligence community inspector general, told HPSCI lawmakers during a committee oversight hearing on Friday that the whistleblower forms and rules changes were made in September, even though the new forms and guidance, which were not uploaded to the ICIG’s website until September 24, state that they were changed in August. Despite having a full week to come up with explanations for his office’s decisions to secretly change its forms to eliminate the requirement for first-hand evidence and to backdate those changes to August, Atkinson refused to provide any explanation to lawmakers baffled by his behavior.
When pressed on the curious changes and attempts to obscure the timeline of his revisions, Atkinson refused to explain why the forms were backdated to August even though they were not made until September.
On August 26th, when the spurious whistleblower complaint was submitted to the acting Director of National Intelligence to make a determination regarding its “Urgent Concern” status, it was rejected.
ICIG Atkinson seemingly deliberately ignored these facts about the CIA whistle-blower:
- Everything the so-called whistleblower reported was based on hearsay. He/she had no first-hand knowledge of the President Trump’s phone call with Ukrainian President Zelensky;
- The CIA operative never informed the ICIG about prior contact and coordination with the House Intelligence Committee even though the whistleblower complaint form explicitly asks this question.
To seasoned analysts it appears that the complaint was drafted by an attorney or a team of attorneys.
Fred Fleitz op-ed:
My suspicions grew this morning when I saw the declassified whistleblowing complaint. It appears to be written by a law professor and includes legal references and detailed footnotes. It also has an unusual legalistic reference on how this complaint should be classified.
From my experience, such an extremely polished whistleblowing complaint is unheard of. This document looks as if this leaker had outside help, possibly from congressional members or staff.
Additionally, a review of the timeline suggests that the complaint forms were changed specifically to accommodate this CIA operative.
Why would Atkinson put himself in jeopardy in this manner?
For the answer to that we must first understand ICIG Atkinson’s past involvement with the Obama administration’s DOJ-NSD.
In 2016 ,when the destroy trump operation was underway, Current ICIG Atkinson was then the Senior Counsel to the Assistant Attorney General of the National Security Division of the Department of Justice (DOJ-NSD) in 2016.
The DOJ-NSD was the epicenter of the get Trump scheme.
By itself that gives Atkinson a strong incentive to deliver the sketchy complaint to trigger another impeachment inquiry.
But there may also be another strategy at play here that, to my knowledge, hasn’t been discussed anywhere else yet.
We have watched the left – led by media narrative parrots – attempt to discredit US Attorney General William Barr and the DOJ, as well as the Supreme Court (Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse).
This is all meant to blunt the credibility of the DOJ, the IG, and the Supreme Court that is almost assured to be forced into this fight..
The DOJ (Barr, US Attorney John Durham), and it’s Inspector General Michael Horowitz are, if rumblings coming out of Washington are correct, preparing to release reports that are said to contain damning evidence of Obama-era corruption in trying to takedown President Trump.
Realizing that, there’s a possibility that Atkinson’s indefensible actions are meant to take one for the team by serving as an example for discrediting the entire inspector general community. Watch to see if the attacks on DOJ IG Horowitz begin intensifying.
Despite having a full week to come up with explanations for his office’s decisions to secretly change its forms to eliminate the requirement for first-hand evidence and to backdate those changes to August, Atkinson refused to provide any explanation to lawmakers baffled by his behavior.