Chuck Grassley, after years of work trying to get to the bottom of another Obama era scandal, finally has some answers. And they are not good, terrifying in fact. Remember this the next time they rip Trump for going hard after leakers.
Chuck Grassley has been a longtime champion for protecting whistleblowers because Chuck loves democracy and a free press. That cannot always be said about the people in the swamp who have sought to stifle and silence whistleblowers.
We need brave men and women who are not afraid to speak truth to power, something Chuck knows well, and he had a suspicion the Obama administration was up to no good in their quest to silence whistleblowers and leakers. Look, Obama went after leakers probably harder than anyone yet the media gives him a pass and acts like Trump is the only one who did it. All Presidents do – Bush famously had an aversion to leakers – so it is just another double standard Trump has to deal with being enemy number 1.
As reported by The Washington Times: The CIA during the Obama years intercepted and analyzed the email of some congressional staffers, the agency publicly confirmed this week, releasing declassified notifications from 2014 that contained details of the snooping.
The emails dealt with CIA whistleblowers, and the agency said they were snared during “routine counterintelligence (CI) monitoring of government computer systems.”
The inspector general at the time, I. Charles McCullough III, called the collection “lawful and justified.” Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Charles E. Grassley, though, said that was a whitewash of the serious issues.
“The fact that the CIA under the Obama administration was reading congressional staff’s emails about intelligence community whistleblowers raises serious policy concerns as well as potential constitutional separation-of-powers issues that must be discussed publicly,” he said.
He had been trying for four years to get two 2014 memos detailing the snooping to be made public. He said “bureaucratic foot-dragging” by Obama-era National Intelligence Director James Clapper and CIA Director John Brennan shielded the touchy issues from public view.