Government Whistle-Blowers on the Rise With Democrats in Control of the House
FBI whistle-blower, Tricia Newbold, accused supervisor, Carl Kline, of overriding rejected security clearances. Newbold told officials that these overrides totaled 25 people, including Jared Kushner and other Senior White House officials.
A new report from The Atlantic claims Newbold is just one of dozens of officials informing on the White House. According to a congressional aide, these whistle-blowers have been on the rise since Donald Trump took office.
The aide, who works for Elijah Cummings (D-MD), said, “I’ve never seen this many whistle-blowers reporting waste, fraud, and abuse, and just general concern.” Cummings aide, however, also made the case that these officials need to be protected. “On the flip side of that, I’ve also never seen whistle-blowers so afraid of what could happen to them if somebody finds out who they are.”
Both Democrat an Republican lawmakers rely on informants to ferret out wrong-doing within the government. Tom Davis, a former Republican representative from Virginia served as the head of the House Oversight Committee in the 2000’s. He explains, “It’s entirely proper, and it’s really the point of what the Oversight Committee does.”
When Trump took office, Republicans controlled all three branches of government. Once Democrats took back the House during the 2018 midterms, informants became more comfortable.
Gerry Connolly (D-VA), says, “I think there are a lot of whistle-blowers out there, or potential whistle-blowers, who are certainly going to feel a lot more comfortable approaching us in the majority than the other side, especially in the Trump administration.”
Newbold’s claims will be looked into further. Cummings, Chair of the Oversight Committee, recently received authorization to subpoena Newbold’s supervisor, Carl Kline.