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Rep. Courtney: Whistleblower Complaint Has Brought United States to a “Critical Juncture”

September 23, 2019
Press Release

NORWICH, CT – Congressman Joe Courtney (CT-02) issued the following statement today following a whistleblower complaint filed by a member of the Intelligence Community, which is currently being withheld from Congress in violation of federal law:

“We have arrived at a critical juncture in time for the rule of law in the United States, and for this Administration’s faithfulness to our Constitution,” said Congressman Courtney. “The recently reported whistleblower complaint regarding the President’s communications with a foreign leader and related actions are, according to the Trump-appointed Inspector General of the Intelligence Community, ‘credible’ and of ‘urgent concern’. The law here is clear: if the inspector general determines that a complaint meets the standard of ‘credible’ and of ‘urgent concern,’ then the Director of National Intelligence ‘shall’ forward the material to the House and Senate intelligence oversight committees. But that hasn’t happened here – the Trump Administration has so far blocked Joseph Maguire, Acting Director of National Intelligence, from providing Congress with the entire whistleblower complaint, which may include a series of actions and conversations which the inspector general has found to be credible and of urgent concern.

“This Administration now finds itself at a decision point concerning the rule of law, and their adherence to it. The President and Acting DNI Maguire have two simple choices when he comes before Congress later this week: follow the law and transmit the complaint to the bipartisan intelligence committees, or flagrantly disobey the law and force the Congress to act to uphold the rule of law.”