Acting DNI Maguire: ‘I Am Not Partisan And I Am Not Political’ | NBC News


FOR YOUR OPENING STATEMENT, AND YOU MAY TAKE AS MUCH TIME AS YOU YOU MAY TAKE AS MUCH TIME AS YOU NEED. NEED.>>THANK YOU VERY MUCH, MR.>>THANK YOU VERY MUCH, MR. CHAIRMAN. CHAIRMAN. CHAIRMAN SCHIFF, RANKING MEMBER CHAIRMAN SCHIFF, RANKING MEMBER NUNES AND MEMBERS OF THE NUNES AND MEMBERS OF THE COMMITTEE, GOOD MORNING. COMMITTEE, GOOD MORNING. I’D LIKE TO BEGIN BY THANKING I’D LIKE TO BEGIN BY THANKING THE CHAIRMAN AND THE COMMITTEE THE CHAIRMAN AND THE COMMITTEE FOR AGREEING TO POSTPONE THIS FOR AGREEING TO POSTPONE THIS HEARING FOR ONE WEEK. HEARING FOR ONE WEEK. THIS PROVIDED SUFFICIENT TIME TO THIS PROVIDED SUFFICIENT TIME TO ALLOW THE EXECUTIVE BRANCH TO ALLOW THE EXECUTIVE BRANCH TO SUCCESSFULLY COMPLETE ITS SUCCESSFULLY COMPLETE ITS CONSULTATIONS REGARDING HOW TO CONSULTATIONS REGARDING HOW TO ACCOMMODATE THE COMMITTEE’S ACCOMMODATE THE COMMITTEE’S REQUEST. REQUEST. MR. CHAIRMAN I’VE TOLD YOU THIS MR. CHAIRMAN I’VE TOLD YOU THIS ON SEVERAL OCCASIONS, I WOULD ON SEVERAL OCCASIONS, I WOULD LIKE TO SAY THIS PUBLICLY. LIKE TO SAY THIS PUBLICLY. I RESPECT YOU. I RESPECT YOU. I RESPECT THIS COMMITTEE. I RESPECT THIS COMMITTEE. AND I WELCOME AND TAKE SERIOUSLY AND I WELCOME AND TAKE SERIOUSLY THE COMMITTEE’S OVERSIGHT ROLE. THE COMMITTEE’S OVERSIGHT ROLE. DURING MY CONFIRMATION PROCESS DURING MY CONFIRMATION PROCESS TO BE THE DIRECTOR OF THE TO BE THE DIRECTOR OF THE NATIONAL COUNTERTERRORISM CENTER NATIONAL COUNTERTERRORISM CENTER I TOLD THE SENATE SELECT I TOLD THE SENATE SELECT COMMITTEE AND INTELLIGENCE THAT COMMITTEE AND INTELLIGENCE THAT CONGRESSIONAL OVERSIGHT OF THE CONGRESSIONAL OVERSIGHT OF THE INTELLIGENCE ACTIVITIES IS INTELLIGENCE ACTIVITIES IS CRITICAL AND ESSENTIAL TO CRITICAL AND ESSENTIAL TO SUCCESSFUL OPERATIONS WITH THE SUCCESSFUL OPERATIONS WITH THE INTELLIGENCE COMMUNITY. INTELLIGENCE COMMUNITY. HAVING SERVED S.A.T.AS THE DIREC HAVING SERVED S.A.T.AS THE DIREC FOR EIGHT MONTHS AND ACTING FOR EIGHT MONTHS AND ACTING DIRECTOR OF NATIONAL DIRECTOR OF NATIONAL INTELLIGENCE FOR THE PAST SIX INTELLIGENCE FOR THE PAST SIX WEEKS I CONTINUE TO BELIEVE WEEKS I CONTINUE TO BELIEVE STRONGLY THAT THE ROLE OF STRONGLY THAT THE ROLE OF CONGRESSIONAL OVERSIGHT. CONGRESSIONAL OVERSIGHT. AS I PLEDGED TO THE SENATE I AS I PLEDGED TO THE SENATE I PLEDGE TO YOU TODAY THAT I WILL PLEDGE TO YOU TODAY THAT I WILL CONTINUE TO WORK CLOSELY WITH CONTINUE TO WORK CLOSELY WITH CONGRESS WHILE I’M SERVING CONGRESS WHILE I’M SERVING EITHER IN THIS CAPACITY AS EITHER IN THIS CAPACITY AS ACTING DIRECTOR OF NATIONAL ACTING DIRECTOR OF NATIONAL COUNTERTERRORISM OR WHEN I COUNTERTERRORISM OR WHEN I RETURN TO THE NATIONAL RETURN TO THE NATIONAL COUNTERTERRORISM CENTER TO COUNTERTERRORISM CENTER TO ENSURE YOU ARE FULLY AND ENSURE YOU ARE FULLY AND CURRENTLY INFORMED OF CURRENTLY INFORMED OF INTELLIGENCE ACTIVITIES TO INTELLIGENCE ACTIVITIES TO FACILITATE YOUR ABILITY TO FACILITATE YOUR ABILITY TO PERFORM YOUR OVERSIGHT OF THE PERFORM YOUR OVERSIGHT OF THE INTELLIGENCE COMMUNITY. INTELLIGENCE COMMUNITY. THE AMERICAN PEOPLE EXPECT US TO THE AMERICAN PEOPLE EXPECT US TO KEEP THEM SAFE. KEEP THEM SAFE. THE INTELLIGENCE COMMUNITY THE INTELLIGENCE COMMUNITY CANNOT DO THAT WITHOUT THIS CANNOT DO THAT WITHOUT THIS COMMITTEE’S SUPPORT. COMMITTEE’S SUPPORT. BEFORE I TURN TO THE MATTER AT BEFORE I TURN TO THE MATTER AT HAND THERE ARE A FEW THINGS I HAND THERE ARE A FEW THINGS I WOULD LIKE TO SAY. WOULD LIKE TO SAY. I AM NOT PARTISAN AND I AM NOT I AM NOT PARTISAN AND I AM NOT POLITICAL. POLITICAL. I BELIEVE IN A LIFE OF SERVICE, I BELIEVE IN A LIFE OF SERVICE, AND I’M HONORED TO BE A PUBLIC AND I’M HONORED TO BE A PUBLIC SERVANT. SERVANT. I SERVED UNDER EIGHT PRESIDENTS I SERVED UNDER EIGHT PRESIDENTS WHILE I WAS IN UNIFORM. WHILE I WAS IN UNIFORM. I HAVE TAKEN THE OATH TO THE I HAVE TAKEN THE OATH TO THE CONSTITUTION 11 TIMES. CONSTITUTION 11 TIMES. THE FIRST TIME WHEN I WAS SWORN THE FIRST TIME WHEN I WAS SWORN IN TO THE UNITED STATES NAVY IN IN TO THE UNITED STATES NAVY IN 1974, AND NINE TIMES THROUGH MY 1974, AND NINE TIMES THROUGH MY SUBSEQUENT PROMOTIONS IN THE SUBSEQUENT PROMOTIONS IN THE UNITED STATES NAVY. UNITED STATES NAVY. MOST RECENTLY FORMER DIRECTOR MOST RECENTLY FORMER DIRECTOR DAN COATS ADMINISTERED THE OATH DAN COATS ADMINISTERED THE OATH OF OFFICE LAST DECEMBER WHEN I OF OFFICE LAST DECEMBER WHEN I BECAME THE DIRECTOR OF THE BECAME THE DIRECTOR OF THE NATIONAL COUNTERTERRORISM NATIONAL COUNTERTERRORISM CENTER. CENTER. I AGREE WITH YOU. I AGREE WITH YOU. THE OATH IS SACRED. THE OATH IS SACRED. IT’S A FOUNDATION OF OUR IT’S A FOUNDATION OF OUR CONSTITUTION. CONSTITUTION. THE OATH, TO ME, MEANS NOT ONLY THE OATH, TO ME, MEANS NOT ONLY THAT I SWEAR TRUE FAITH AND THAT I SWEAR TRUE FAITH AND ALLEGIANCE TO THAT SACRED ALLEGIANCE TO THAT SACRED DOCUMENT BUT MORE IMPORTANTLY I DOCUMENT BUT MORE IMPORTANTLY I VIEW IT AS A COVENANT I HAVE VIEW IT AS A COVENANT I HAVE WITH MY WORKFORCE, THAT I LEAD, WITH MY WORKFORCE, THAT I LEAD, AND EVERY AMERICAN, THAT I WILL AND EVERY AMERICAN, THAT I WILL WELL AND FAITHFULLY DISCHARGE WELL AND FAITHFULLY DISCHARGE THE DUTIES OF MY OFFICE. THE DUTIES OF MY OFFICE. I COME FROM A LONG LINE OF I COME FROM A LONG LINE OF PUBLIC SERVANTS WHO HAVE STEPPED PUBLIC SERVANTS WHO HAVE STEPPED FORWARD EVEN IN THE MOST FORWARD EVEN IN THE MOST DIFFICULT TIMES, IN AUSTERE DIFFICULT TIMES, IN AUSTERE TIMES, TO SUPPORT AND DEFEND OUR TIMES, TO SUPPORT AND DEFEND OUR COUNTRY. COUNTRY. WHEN I TOOK MY UNIFORM OFF IN WHEN I TOOK MY UNIFORM OFF IN JULY OF 2010 IT WAS THE FIRST JULY OF 2010 IT WAS THE FIRST TIME IN 70 YEARS THAT AN TIME IN 70 YEARS THAT AN IMMEDIATE MEMBER OF MY FAMILY IMMEDIATE MEMBER OF MY FAMILY WAS NOT WEARING THE CLOTH OF THE WAS NOT WEARING THE CLOTH OF THE NATION. NATION. AS AN ABLE SPECIAL WARFARE AS AN ABLE SPECIAL WARFARE OFFICER I HAD THE HONOR OF OFFICER I HAD THE HONOR OF COMMANDING AT EVERY LEVEL IN THE COMMANDING AT EVERY LEVEL IN THE SEAL COMMUNITY. SEAL COMMUNITY. IT WAS AT TIMES VERY DEMANDING. IT WAS AT TIMES VERY DEMANDING. BUT THE REWARDS OF SERVING IN BUT THE REWARDS OF SERVING IN AMERICA’S SPECIAL OPERATIONS AMERICA’S SPECIAL OPERATIONS COMMUNITY MORE THAN MAKE UP FOR COMMUNITY MORE THAN MAKE UP FOR THE DEMANDS. THE DEMANDS. AFTER MY RETIREMENT I WAS AFTER MY RETIREMENT I WAS FORTUNATE TO WORK FOR A GREAT FORTUNATE TO WORK FOR A GREAT PRIVATE SECTOR FIRM. PRIVATE SECTOR FIRM. I LEFT THE BUSINESS WORLD AFTER I LEFT THE BUSINESS WORLD AFTER THREE YEARS TO LEAD A NONPROFIT THREE YEARS TO LEAD A NONPROFIT CHARITY. CHARITY. SOME QUESTIONED WHY I WOULD SOME QUESTIONED WHY I WOULD LEAVE A PROMISING BUSINESS LEAVE A PROMISING BUSINESS CAREER TO RUN A CHARITY. CAREER TO RUN A CHARITY. THE ANSWER WAS QUITE SIMPLE. THE ANSWER WAS QUITE SIMPLE. IT WAS ANOTHER OPPORTUNITY TO IT WAS ANOTHER OPPORTUNITY TO SERVE. SERVE. I LED A FOUNDATION DEDICATED TO I LED A FOUNDATION DEDICATED TO HONORING THE BACK HONORING THE BACK HONORING THE SACRIFICE OF HONORING THE SACRIFICE OF SPECIAL OPERATORS. SPECIAL OPERATORS. IT ENABLED HUNDREDS OF CHILDREN IT ENABLED HUNDREDS OF CHILDREN OF OUR FALLEN TO ATTEND COLLEGE. OF OUR FALLEN TO ATTEND COLLEGE. IT WAS EXTREMELY MEANINGFUL AND IT WAS EXTREMELY MEANINGFUL AND REWARDING. REWARDING. IN THE WINTER OF 2018 I WAS IN THE WINTER OF 2018 I WAS ASKED BY FORMER DIRECTOR DAN ASKED BY FORMER DIRECTOR DAN COATS TO LEAVE SERVICE TO LEAD COATS TO LEAVE SERVICE TO LEAD THE NATIONAL COUNTERTERRORISM THE NATIONAL COUNTERTERRORISM CENTER. CENTER. IT WAS UNEXPECTED AND NOT A IT WAS UNEXPECTED AND NOT A POSITION I SOUGHT BUT THEN AGAIN POSITION I SOUGHT BUT THEN AGAIN IT WAS ANOTHER OPPORTUNITY TO IT WAS ANOTHER OPPORTUNITY TO SERVE MY COUNTRY. SERVE MY COUNTRY. IN PARTICULAR, I KNEW THAT MANY IN PARTICULAR, I KNEW THAT MANY OF THE YOUNG SAILORS AND JUNIOR OF THE YOUNG SAILORS AND JUNIOR OFFICERS I HAD TRAINED 20 YEARS OFFICERS I HAD TRAINED 20 YEARS EARLIER WERE NOW SENIOR COMBAT EARLIER WERE NOW SENIOR COMBAT VETERANS DEPLOYING AND STILL VETERANS DEPLOYING AND STILL SACRIFICING. SACRIFICING. I DECIDED THAT THEY COULD I DECIDED THAT THEY COULD CONTINUE TO SERVE, RETURNING TO CONTINUE TO SERVE, RETURNING TO GOVERNMENT SERVICE WAS THE VERY GOVERNMENT SERVICE WAS THE VERY LEAST I COULD DO. LEAST I COULD DO. AND NOW HERE I AM, SITTING AND NOW HERE I AM, SITTING BEFORE YOU AS THE ACTING BEFORE YOU AS THE ACTING DIRECTOR OF NATIONAL DIRECTOR OF NATIONAL INTELLIGENCE. INTELLIGENCE. WITH LAST MONTH’S DEPARTURE OF WITH LAST MONTH’S DEPARTURE OF DAN COATS AND SUE GORDON, TWO DAN COATS AND SUE GORDON, TWO EXCEPTIONAL LEADERS AND FRIENDS EXCEPTIONAL LEADERS AND FRIENDS I WAS ASKED TO STEP INTO THEIR I WAS ASKED TO STEP INTO THEIR VERY BIG SHOES AND LEAD THE VERY BIG SHOES AND LEAD THE INTELLIGENCE COMMUNITY UNTIL THE INTELLIGENCE COMMUNITY UNTIL THE PRESIDENT NOMINATES AND THE PRESIDENT NOMINATES AND THE SENATE CONFIRMS THE NEXT SENATE CONFIRMS THE NEXT DIRECTOR OF NATIONAL DIRECTOR OF NATIONAL INTELLIGENCE. INTELLIGENCE. I ACCEPTED THIS RESPONSIBILITY I ACCEPTED THIS RESPONSIBILITY BECAUSE I LOVE THIS COUNTRY. BECAUSE I LOVE THIS COUNTRY. I HAVE A DEEP AND PROFOUND I HAVE A DEEP AND PROFOUND RESPECT FOR THE MEN AND WOMEN OF RESPECT FOR THE MEN AND WOMEN OF OUR INTELLIGENCE COMMUNITY AND OUR INTELLIGENCE COMMUNITY AND THE MISSION WE EXECUTE EVERY DAY THE MISSION WE EXECUTE EVERY DAY ON BEHALF OF THE AMERICAN ON BEHALF OF THE AMERICAN PEOPLE. PEOPLE. THROUGHOUT MY CAREER I HAVE THROUGHOUT MY CAREER I HAVE SERVED AND LED THROUGH TURBULENT SERVED AND LED THROUGH TURBULENT TIMES. TIMES. IT MUST BE LEGAL, IT MUST BE IT MUST BE LEGAL, IT MUST BE MORAL AND IT MUST BE ETHICAL. MORAL AND IT MUST BE ETHICAL. NO ONE CAN TAKE AN INDIVIDUAL’S NO ONE CAN TAKE AN INDIVIDUAL’S INTEGRITY AWAY. INTEGRITY AWAY. IT CAN ONLY BE GIVEN AWAY. IT CAN ONLY BE GIVEN AWAY. IF EVERY ACTION MEETS THOSE IF EVERY ACTION MEETS THOSE CRITERIA YOU WILL ALWAYS BE A CRITERIA YOU WILL ALWAYS BE A PERSON OF INTEGRITY. PERSON OF INTEGRITY. IN MY NEARLY FOUR DECADES OF IN MY NEARLY FOUR DECADES OF PUBLIC SERVICE MY INTEGRITY HAS PUBLIC SERVICE MY INTEGRITY HAS NEVER BEEN QUESTIONED UNTIL NOW. NEVER BEEN QUESTIONED UNTIL NOW. I’M HERE TODAY TO UNEQUIVOCALLY I’M HERE TODAY TO UNEQUIVOCALLY STATE THAT AS ACTING DNI I WILL STATE THAT AS ACTING DNI I WILL CONTINUE THE SAME FAITHFUL AND CONTINUE THE SAME FAITHFUL AND NONPARTISAN SUPPORT IN A MATTER NONPARTISAN SUPPORT IN A MATTER THAT ADHERES TO THE CONSTITUTION THAT ADHERES TO THE CONSTITUTION AND THE LAWS OF THIS GREAT AND THE LAWS OF THIS GREAT COUNTRY AS LONG AS I SERVE IN COUNTRY AS LONG AS I SERVE IN THIS POSITION FOR WHATEVER THIS POSITION FOR WHATEVER PERIOD OF TIME THAT MAY BE. PERIOD OF TIME THAT MAY BE. I WANT TO MAKE IT CLEAR THAT I I WANT TO MAKE IT CLEAR THAT I HAVE UPHELD MY RESPONSIBILITY TO HAVE UPHELD MY RESPONSIBILITY TO FOLLOW THE LAW EVERY STEP OF THE FOLLOW THE LAW EVERY STEP OF THE WAY IN THE MATTER THAT IS BEFORE WAY IN THE MATTER THAT IS BEFORE US TODAY. US TODAY. I WANT TO ALSO STATE MY SUPPORT I WANT TO ALSO STATE MY SUPPORT FOR THE WHISTLE-BLOWER AND THE FOR THE WHISTLE-BLOWER AND THE RIGHTS AND THE LAWS. RIGHTS AND THE LAWS. WHISTLE BLOWING HAS A LONG WHISTLE BLOWING HAS A LONG HISTORY IN OUR COUNTRY, DATING HISTORY IN OUR COUNTRY, DATING BACK TO THE CONTINENTAL BACK TO THE CONTINENTAL CONGRESS. CONGRESS. THIS IS NOT SURPRISING BECAUSE THIS IS NOT SURPRISING BECAUSE AS A NATION WE DESIRE FOR GOOD AS A NATION WE DESIRE FOR GOOD GOVERNMENT. GOVERNMENT. THEREFORE WE MUST PROTECT THOSE THEREFORE WE MUST PROTECT THOSE WHO DEMONSTRATE COURAGE TO WHO DEMONSTRATE COURAGE TO REPORT ALLEGED WRONGDOING, REPORT ALLEGED WRONGDOING, WHETHER ON THE BATTLEFIELD, OR WHETHER ON THE BATTLEFIELD, OR IN THE WORKPLACE. IN THE WORKPLACE. INDEED, AT THE START OF ETHICS INDEED, AT THE START OF ETHICS TRAINING IN THE EXECUTIVE BRANCH TRAINING IN THE EXECUTIVE BRANCH EACH YEAR WE ARE REMINDED THAT EACH YEAR WE ARE REMINDED THAT PUBLIC SERVICE IS A PUBLIC TRUST PUBLIC SERVICE IS A PUBLIC TRUST AND AS PUBLIC SERVANTS WE HAVE A AND AS PUBLIC SERVANTS WE HAVE A SOLEMN RESPONSIBILITY TO DO SOLEMN RESPONSIBILITY TO DO WHAT’S RIGHT WHICH INCLUDES WHAT’S RIGHT WHICH INCLUDES REPORTING CONCERNS OF WASTE, REPORTING CONCERNS OF WASTE, FRAUD AND ABUSE AND BRINGING FRAUD AND ABUSE AND BRINGING SUCH MATTERS TO THE ATTENTION OF SUCH MATTERS TO THE ATTENTION OF CONGRESS UNDER THE INTELLIGENCE CONGRESS UNDER THE INTELLIGENCE COMMUNITY WHISTLE-BLOWER COMMUNITY WHISTLE-BLOWER PROTECTION ACT. PROTECTION ACT. I APPLAUD ALL EMPLOYEES WHO COME I APPLAUD ALL EMPLOYEES WHO COME FORWARD UNDER THIS ACT. FORWARD UNDER THIS ACT. I AM COMMITTED TO ENSURING THAT I AM COMMITTED TO ENSURING THAT ALL WHISTLE-BLOWER COMPLAINTS ALL WHISTLE-BLOWER COMPLAINTS ARE HANDLED APPROPRIATELY AND TO ARE HANDLED APPROPRIATELY AND TO PROTECTING THE RIGHTS OF PROTECTING THE RIGHTS OF WHISTLE-BLOWERS. WHISTLE-BLOWERS. IN THIS CASE THE COMPLAINANT IN THIS CASE THE COMPLAINANT RAISED A MATTER WITH THE RAISED A MATTER WITH THE INTELLIGENCE COMMUNITY INSPECTOR INTELLIGENCE COMMUNITY INSPECTOR GENERAL. GENERAL. THE INSPECTOR GENERAL IS THE INSPECTOR GENERAL IS PROPERLY PROTECTING THE PROPERLY PROTECTING THE COMPLAINANT’S IDENTITY AND WILL COMPLAINANT’S IDENTITY AND WILL NOT PERMIT THE COMPLAINANT TO BE NOT PERMIT THE COMPLAINANT TO BE SUBJECT TO ANY RETALIATION OR SUBJECT TO ANY RETALIATION OR ADVERSE CONSEQUENCES FOR ADVERSE CONSEQUENCES FOR COMMUNICATING THE COMPLAINT TO COMMUNICATING THE COMPLAINT TO THE INSPECTOR GENERAL. THE INSPECTOR GENERAL. UPHOLDING THE INTEGRITY OF THE UPHOLDING THE INTEGRITY OF THE INTELLIGENCE COMMUNITY AND THE INTELLIGENCE COMMUNITY AND THE WORKFORCE IS MY NUMBER ONE WORKFORCE IS MY NUMBER ONE PRIORITY. PRIORITY. THROUGHOUT MY CAREER I RELIED ON THROUGHOUT MY CAREER I RELIED ON THE MEN AND WOMEN OF THE THE MEN AND WOMEN OF THE INTELLIGENCE COMMUNITY TO DO INTELLIGENCE COMMUNITY TO DO THEIR JOBS SO I COULD DO MINE THEIR JOBS SO I COULD DO MINE AND I COULD PERSONALLY ATTEST AND I COULD PERSONALLY ATTEST THAT THEIR EFFORTS SAVED LIVES. THAT THEIR EFFORTS SAVED LIVES. I WOULD NOW LIKE TO TURN TO THE I WOULD NOW LIKE TO TURN TO THE COMPLAINT AND PROVIDE A GENERAL COMPLAINT AND PROVIDE A GENERAL BACKGROUND ON HOW WE GOT TO BACKGROUND ON HOW WE GOT TO WHERE WE ARE TODAY. WHERE WE ARE TODAY. ON AUGUST 26th THE INSPECTOR ON AUGUST 26th THE INSPECTOR GENERAL FORWARDED THE COMPLAINT GENERAL FORWARDED THE COMPLAINT TO ME FROM AN EMPLOYEE IN THE TO ME FROM AN EMPLOYEE IN THE INTELLIGENCE COMMUNITY. INTELLIGENCE COMMUNITY. THE INSPECTOR GENERAL STATED THE INSPECTOR GENERAL STATED THAT THE COMPLAINT RAISED AN THAT THE COMPLAINT RAISED AN URGENT CONCERN, A LEGALLY URGENT CONCERN, A LEGALLY DEFINED TERM UNDER DEFINED TERM UNDER WHISTLE-BLOWER PROTECTION ACT, WHISTLE-BLOWER PROTECTION ACT, THAT HAS BEEN DISCUSSED AT THAT HAS BEEN DISCUSSED AT LENGTH IN OUR LETTERS TO THE LENGTH IN OUR LETTERS TO THE COMMITTEE ON SEPTEMBER 16 AND COMMITTEE ON SEPTEMBER 16 AND 17. 17. BEFORE I TURN TO THE DISCUSSION BEFORE I TURN TO THE DISCUSSION ABOUT WHETHER THE COMPLAINT ABOUT WHETHER THE COMPLAINT MEETS THE DEFINITION OF URGENT MEETS THE DEFINITION OF URGENT CONCERN OUR FIRST ONE TO TALK CONCERN OUR FIRST ONE TO TALK ABOUT AN EVEN MORE FUNDAMENTAL ABOUT AN EVEN MORE FUNDAMENTAL ISSUE. ISSUE. UPON REVIEWING THE COMPLAINT WE UPON REVIEWING THE COMPLAINT WE WERE IMMEDIATELY STRUCK BY THE WERE IMMEDIATELY STRUCK BY THE FACT THAT MANY OF THE FACT THAT MANY OF THE ALLEGATIONS IN THE COMPLAINT ARE ALLEGATIONS IN THE COMPLAINT ARE BASED ON A CONVERSATION BETWEEN BASED ON A CONVERSATION BETWEEN THE PRESIDENT AND ANOTHER THE PRESIDENT AND ANOTHER FOREIGN LEADER. FOREIGN LEADER. SUCH CALLS ARE TYPICALLY SUBJECT SUCH CALLS ARE TYPICALLY SUBJECT TO EXECUTIVE PRIVILEGE. TO EXECUTIVE PRIVILEGE. AS A RESULT WE CONSULTED WITH AS A RESULT WE CONSULTED WITH THE WHITE HOUSE COUNSEL’S OFFICE THE WHITE HOUSE COUNSEL’S OFFICE AND WERE ADVISED THAT MUCH OF AND WERE ADVISED THAT MUCH OF THE INFORMATION IN THE COMPLAINT THE INFORMATION IN THE COMPLAINT WAS, IN FACT, SUBJECT TO WAS, IN FACT, SUBJECT TO EXECUTIVE PRIVILEGE, A PRIVILEGE EXECUTIVE PRIVILEGE, A PRIVILEGE THAT I DO NOT HAVE THE AUTHORITY THAT I DO NOT HAVE THE AUTHORITY TO WAIVE. TO WAIVE. BECAUSE OF THAT WE WERE UNABLE BECAUSE OF THAT WE WERE UNABLE TO IMMEDIATELY SHARE THE DETAILS TO IMMEDIATELY SHARE THE DETAILS OF THE COMPLAINT WITH THIS OF THE COMPLAINT WITH THIS COMMITTEE. COMMITTEE. BUT CONTINUED TO CONSULT WITH BUT CONTINUED TO CONSULT WITH THE WHITE HOUSE COUNSELS IN AN THE WHITE HOUSE COUNSELS IN AN EFFORT TO DO SO. EFFORT TO DO SO. YESTERDAY THE PRESIDENT RELEASED YESTERDAY THE PRESIDENT RELEASED THE TRANSCRIPTS OF THE CALL IN THE TRANSCRIPTS OF THE CALL IN QUESTION AND THEREFORE WE ARE QUESTION AND THEREFORE WE ARE NOW ABLE TO DISCLOSE THE DETAILS NOW ABLE TO DISCLOSE THE DETAILS OF BOTH COMPLAINT AND THE OF BOTH COMPLAINT AND THE INSPECTOR GENERAL’S LETTER INSPECTOR GENERAL’S LETTER TRANSMITTING TO US. TRANSMITTING TO US. AS A RESULT I HAVE PROVIDED THE AS A RESULT I HAVE PROVIDED THE HOUSE AND SENATE INTELLIGENCE HOUSE AND SENATE INTELLIGENCE COMMITTEES WITH THE FULL, COMMITTEES WITH THE FULL, UNREDACTED COMPLAINT AS WELL AS UNREDACTED COMPLAINT AS WELL AS THE INSPECTOR GENERAL’S LETTER. THE INSPECTOR GENERAL’S LETTER. LET ME ALSO DISCUSS THE ISSUE OF LET ME ALSO DISCUSS THE ISSUE OF URGENT CONCERN. URGENT CONCERN. WHEN TRANSMITTING A COMPLAINT TO WHEN TRANSMITTING A COMPLAINT TO ME THE INSPECTOR GENERAL TOOK ME THE INSPECTOR GENERAL TOOK THE LEGAL POSITION THAT BECAUSE THE LEGAL POSITION THAT BECAUSE THE COMPLAINT ALLEGES MATTERS OF THE COMPLAINT ALLEGES MATTERS OF URGENT CONCERN AND BECAUSE HE URGENT CONCERN AND BECAUSE HE FOUND THE ALLEGATIONS TO BE FOUND THE ALLEGATIONS TO BE CREDIBLE I WAS REQUIRED UNDER CREDIBLE I WAS REQUIRED UNDER THE INTELLIGENCE COMMUNITY THE INTELLIGENCE COMMUNITY WHISTLE-BLOWER PROTECTION ACT TO WHISTLE-BLOWER PROTECTION ACT TO FORWARD THE COMPLAINT TO OUR FORWARD THE COMPLAINT TO OUR OVERSIGHT COMMITTEES WITHIN OVERSIGHT COMMITTEES WITHIN SEVEN DAYS OF RECEIVING IT. SEVEN DAYS OF RECEIVING IT. AS WE HAVE PREVIOUSLY EXPLAINED AS WE HAVE PREVIOUSLY EXPLAINED IN OUR LETTERS URGENT CONCERN IS IN OUR LETTERS URGENT CONCERN IS A STATUTORILY DEFINED TERM. A STATUTORILY DEFINED TERM. TO BE AN URGENT CONCERN THE TO BE AN URGENT CONCERN THE ALLEGATIONS MUST, IN ADDITION TO ALLEGATIONS MUST, IN ADDITION TO BEING CLASSIFIED, ASSERT A BEING CLASSIFIED, ASSERT A FLAGRANT, SERIOUS PROBLEM, ABUSE FLAGRANT, SERIOUS PROBLEM, ABUSE OR VIOLATION OF LAW. OR VIOLATION OF LAW. AND RELATE TO THE FUNDING, AND RELATE TO THE FUNDING, ADMINISTRATION OR OPERATION OF ADMINISTRATION OR OPERATION OF AN INTELLIGENCE ACTIVITY WITHIN AN INTELLIGENCE ACTIVITY WITHIN THE RESPONSIBILITY OF THE THE RESPONSIBILITY OF THE DIRECTOR OF NATIONAL DIRECTOR OF NATIONAL INTELLIGENCE. INTELLIGENCE. HOWEVER, THIS COMPLAINT CONCERNS HOWEVER, THIS COMPLAINT CONCERNS CONDUCT BY SOMEONE OUTSIDE THE CONDUCT BY SOMEONE OUTSIDE THE INTELLIGENCE COMMUNITY, INTELLIGENCE COMMUNITY, UNRELATED TO FUNDING, UNRELATED TO FUNDING, ADMINISTRATION OR OPERATION OF ADMINISTRATION OR OPERATION OF AN INTELLIGENCE ACTIVITY UNDER AN INTELLIGENCE ACTIVITY UNDER MY SUPERVISION. MY SUPERVISION. BECAUSE THE ALLEGATION ON THE BECAUSE THE ALLEGATION ON THE FACE DID NOT APPEAR TO FALL IN FACE DID NOT APPEAR TO FALL IN THE STATUTORY FRAMEWORK, MY THE STATUTORY FRAMEWORK, MY OFFICE CONSULTED WITH THE UNITED OFFICE CONSULTED WITH THE UNITED STATES DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE STATES DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE OFFICE OF LEGAL COUNSEL AND OFFICE OF LEGAL COUNSEL AND INCLUDED — WE INCLUDED THE INCLUDED — WE INCLUDED THE INSPECTOR GENERAL IN THOSE INSPECTOR GENERAL IN THOSE CONSULTATIONS. CONSULTATIONS. AFTER REVIEWING THE COMPLAINT, AFTER REVIEWING THE COMPLAINT, AND THE INSPECTOR GENERAL’S AND THE INSPECTOR GENERAL’S TRANSMITTAL LETTER THE OFFICE OF TRANSMITTAL LETTER THE OFFICE OF LEGAL COUNSEL DETERMINED IT DOES LEGAL COUNSEL DETERMINED IT DOES NOT MEET THE STATUTORY NOT MEET THE STATUTORY REQUIREMENT, LEGAL DEFINITION OF REQUIREMENT, LEGAL DEFINITION OF URGENT CONCERN AND FOUND I WAS URGENT CONCERN AND FOUND I WAS NOT LEGALLY REQUIRED TO TRANSMIT NOT LEGALLY REQUIRED TO TRANSMIT TO THE OVERSIGHT COMMITTEE UNDER TO THE OVERSIGHT COMMITTEE UNDER THE WHISTLE-BLOWER PROTECTION THE WHISTLE-BLOWER PROTECTION ACT. ACT. AND A CLASSIFIED VERSION OF THAT AND A CLASSIFIED VERSION OF THAT MEMO WAS PUBLICLY RELEASED. MEMO WAS PUBLICLY RELEASED. AS YOU KNOW FOR THOSE OF US IN AS YOU KNOW FOR THOSE OF US IN THE EXECUTIVE BRANCH OFFICE OF THE EXECUTIVE BRANCH OFFICE OF LEGAL COUNSEL OPINIONS ARE LEGAL COUNSEL OPINIONS ARE BINDING ON ALL OF US. BINDING ON ALL OF US. IN PARTICULAR THE OFFICE OF IN PARTICULAR THE OFFICE OF LEGAL COUNSEL OPINION STATES LEGAL COUNSEL OPINION STATES THAT THE PRESIDENT IS NOT A THAT THE PRESIDENT IS NOT A MEMBER OF THE INTELLIGENCE MEMBER OF THE INTELLIGENCE COMMUNITY AND THE COMMUNICATION COMMUNITY AND THE COMMUNICATION WITH A FOREIGN LEADER INVOLVED WITH A FOREIGN LEADER INVOLVED NO INTELLIGENCE OPERATION OR NO INTELLIGENCE OPERATION OR ACTIVITY AIMED AT COLLECTING OR ACTIVITY AIMED AT COLLECTING OR ANALYZING FOREIGN INTELLIGENCE. ANALYZING FOREIGN INTELLIGENCE. WHILE WILL OLC OPINION DID NOT WHILE WILL OLC OPINION DID NOT REQUIRE TRANSMISSION OF THE REQUIRE TRANSMISSION OF THE COMPLAINT TO THE COMMITTEES IT COMPLAINT TO THE COMMITTEES IT DID LEAVE ME WITH THE DISCRETION DID LEAVE ME WITH THE DISCRETION TO FORWARD THE COMPLAINT TO THE TO FORWARD THE COMPLAINT TO THE COMMITTEE. COMMITTEE. HOWEVER, GIVEN THE EXECUTIVE HOWEVER, GIVEN THE EXECUTIVE PRIVILEGE ISSUES I DISCUSSED, PRIVILEGE ISSUES I DISCUSSED, NEITHER THE INSPECTOR GENERAL NEITHER THE INSPECTOR GENERAL NOR I WERE ABLE TO SHARE THE NOR I WERE ABLE TO SHARE THE DETAILS OF THE COMPLAINT AT THE DETAILS OF THE COMPLAINT AT THE TIME. TIME. WHEN THE INSPECTOR GENERAL WHEN THE INSPECTOR GENERAL INFORMED ME THAT HE STILL INFORMED ME THAT HE STILL INTENDED TO NOTIFY THE INTENDED TO NOTIFY THE COMMITTEES OF THE EXISTENCE OF COMMITTEES OF THE EXISTENCE OF THE COMPLAINT, MR. CHAIRMAN, I THE COMPLAINT, MR. CHAIRMAN, I SUPPORTED THAT DECISION. SUPPORTED THAT DECISION. TO ENSURE THE COMMITTEES WERE TO ENSURE THE COMMITTEES WERE KEPT AS INFORMED AS POSSIBLE OF KEPT AS INFORMED AS POSSIBLE OF THIS PROCESS MOVING FORWARD. THIS PROCESS MOVING FORWARD. I WANT TO RAISE A FEW OTHER I WANT TO RAISE A FEW OTHER POINTS ABOUT THE SITUATION WE POINTS ABOUT THE SITUATION WE FIND OURSELVES IN. FIND OURSELVES IN. FIRST, I WANT TO STRESS THAT I FIRST, I WANT TO STRESS THAT I BELIEVE THAT THE WHISTLE-BLOWER BELIEVE THAT THE WHISTLE-BLOWER AND THE INSPECTOR GENERAL HAVE AND THE INSPECTOR GENERAL HAVE ACTED IN GOOD FAITH THROUGHOUT. ACTED IN GOOD FAITH THROUGHOUT. I HAVE EVERY REASON TO BELIEVE I HAVE EVERY REASON TO BELIEVE THAT THEY HAVE DONE EVERYTHING THAT THEY HAVE DONE EVERYTHING BY THE BOOK AND FOLLOWED THE BY THE BOOK AND FOLLOWED THE LAW. LAW. RESPECTING THE PRIVILEGED NATURE RESPECTING THE PRIVILEGED NATURE OF THE INFORMATION AND PATIENTLY OF THE INFORMATION AND PATIENTLY WAITING WHILE THE EXECUTIVE WAITING WHILE THE EXECUTIVE PRIVILEGE ISSUES WERE RESOLVED. PRIVILEGE ISSUES WERE RESOLVED. WHEREVER POSSIBLE WE HAVE WORKED WHEREVER POSSIBLE WE HAVE WORKED IN PARTNERSHIP WITH THE IN PARTNERSHIP WITH THE INSPECTOR GENERAL ON THIS INSPECTOR GENERAL ON THIS MATTER. MATTER. WHILE WE HAVE DIFFERENCE OF WHILE WE HAVE DIFFERENCE OF OPINIONS ON THE ISSUE OF WHETHER OPINIONS ON THE ISSUE OF WHETHER OR NOT IT’S URGENT CONCERN I OR NOT IT’S URGENT CONCERN I STRONGLY BELIEVE IN THE ROLE OF STRONGLY BELIEVE IN THE ROLE OF THE INSPECTOR GENERAL. THE INSPECTOR GENERAL. I GREATLY VALUE THE INDEPENDENCE I GREATLY VALUE THE INDEPENDENCE HE BRINGS AND HIS DEDICATION AND HE BRINGS AND HIS DEDICATION AND HIS ROLE IN KEEPING ME AND THE HIS ROLE IN KEEPING ME AND THE COMMITTEES INFORMED OF MATTERS COMMITTEES INFORMED OF MATTERS WITHIN THE INTELLIGENCE WITHIN THE INTELLIGENCE COMMITTEE. COMMITTEE. SECOND, ALTHOUGH EXECUTIVE SECOND, ALTHOUGH EXECUTIVE PRIVILEGE PREVENTED US FROM PRIVILEGE PREVENTED US FROM SHARING THE DETAILS OF THE SHARING THE DETAILS OF THE COMPLAINT WITH THE COMMITTEES COMPLAINT WITH THE COMMITTEES UNTIL RECENTLY THIS DOES NOT UNTIL RECENTLY THIS DOES NOT MEAN THAT THE COMPLAINT WAS MEAN THAT THE COMPLAINT WAS IGNORED. IGNORED. THE INSPECTOR GENERAL IN THE INSPECTOR GENERAL IN CONSULTATION WITH MY OFFICE CONSULTATION WITH MY OFFICE REFERRED THIS MATTER TO THE REFERRED THIS MATTER TO THE DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE FOR DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE FOR INVESTIGATION. INVESTIGATION. FINALLY I APPRECIATE THAT IN THE FINALLY I APPRECIATE THAT IN THE PAST WHISTLE-BLOWER COMPLAINTS PAST WHISTLE-BLOWER COMPLAINTS MAY HAVE BEEN PROVIDED TO MAY HAVE BEEN PROVIDED TO CONGRESS REGARDLESS OF WHETHER CONGRESS REGARDLESS OF WHETHER THEY WERE DEEMED CREDIBLE OR THEY WERE DEEMED CREDIBLE OR SATISFIED THE URGENT CONCERN SATISFIED THE URGENT CONCERN REQUIREMENT. REQUIREMENT. HOWEVER, I AM NOT FAMILIAR WITH HOWEVER, I AM NOT FAMILIAR WITH ANY PRIOR INSTANCES WHERE A ANY PRIOR INSTANCES WHERE A WHISTLE-BLOWER COMPLAINT TOUCHED WHISTLE-BLOWER COMPLAINT TOUCHED ON SUCH COMPLICATED AND ON SUCH COMPLICATED AND SENSITIVE ISSUES, INCLUDING SENSITIVE ISSUES, INCLUDING EXECUTIVE PRIVILEGE. EXECUTIVE PRIVILEGE. I BELIEVE THAT THIS MATTER IS I BELIEVE THAT THIS MATTER IS UNPRECEDENTED. UNPRECEDENTED. I ALSO BELIEVE THAT I HANDLED I ALSO BELIEVE THAT I HANDLED THIS MATTER IN FULL COMPLIANCE THIS MATTER IN FULL COMPLIANCE WITH THE LAW AT ALL TIMES. WITH THE LAW AT ALL TIMES. AND I AM COMMITTED TO DOING SO, AND I AM COMMITTED TO DOING SO, SIR. SIR. I APPRECIATE THE COMMITTEE I APPRECIATE THE COMMITTEE PROVIDING ME THIS OPPORTUNITY TO




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