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House Panel Subpoenas Intel Director   09/14 08:55

   The chairman of the House intelligence committee has issued a subpoena to 
the acting Director of National Intelligence, saying Joseph Maguire is 
withholding a whistleblower complaint from Congress.

   WASHINGTON (AP) -- The chairman of the House intelligence committee has 
issued a subpoena to the acting Director of National Intelligence, saying 
Joseph Maguire is withholding a whistleblower complaint from Congress.

   House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff said in a statement Friday 
evening that the committee will require that Maguire testify Thursday unless he 
complies with the subpoena. The chairman did not detail the subject of the 
whistleblower complaint, but said he was aware the intelligence community's 
inspector general had determined it to be credible and a matter of "urgent 
concern."

   Schiff said Maguire is required to share the complaint with Congress but 
won't do so, and "this raises serious concerns about whether White House, 
Department of Justice or other executive branch officials are trying to prevent 
a legitimate whistleblower complaint from reaching its intended recipient, the 
Congress, in order to cover up serious misconduct."

   He added that he was concerned that administration officials "are engaged in 
an unlawful effort to protect the president."

   A senior intelligence official said the intelligence director's office had 
received the subpoena and was reviewing it, and said Maguire is committed to 
upholding whistleblower protections. The official was not authorized to speak 
publicly and declined to be named.

   Schiff said the committee had learned about the complaint this week. He said 
Maguire told the committee in a letter that he was withholding the complaint 
from the committee "because, in part, it involves confidentially and 
potentially privileged communications by persons outside the intelligence 
community."

   The intelligence panel is conducting a review of former special counsel 
Robert Mueller's report on Russian interference in the 2016 election and 
obstruction of justice by the White House. The committee is also investigating 
President Donald Trump finances.


(KR)

 
 
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