Sen. Grassley Writes to FBI Director Christopher Wray Requesting Info on Whistleblower Raid
Senator Charles Grassley on Friday sent a letter to FBI Director Christopher Wray requesting information about the alleged FBI raid on the home of a recognized whistleblower last month.
As The Daily Caller exclusively reported on Friday, the raid happened after former FBI contractor Dennis Nathan Cain privately transmitted documents pertaining to the Clinton Foundation and Uranium One to the Justice Department’s inspector general and the Senate and House intelligence committees.
Even though Cain informed the special agent who led the raid that he was "a recognized protected whistleblower under the Intelligence Community Whistleblower Protection Act," sixteen FBI agents proceeded to search his suburban home for six hours anyway, according to Cain's lawyer, Michael Socarras.
The FBI confirmed to the Daily Caller News Foundation that on November 19 "the FBI conducted court-authorized law enforcement activity" in the area of Cain's home in Union Bridge, Maryland, but offered no further comment.
According to frequent Fox News guest Dan Bongino, Cain was slated to be on Fox News with Sean Hannity Monday night, but his appearance was preempted by the network's coverage of former president George H.W. Bush's death. That interview will likely happen next week, he said.
While the rest of the media hasn't touched the story, it has piqued the interest of the chairman of the powerful Senate Judiciary Committee.
"On November 19, 2018, the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) reportedly raided the home of a former FBI contractor, Mr. Dennis Nathan Cain, who reportedly made disclosures to the Department of Justice Office of the Inspector General in accordance with the Intelligence Community Whistleblower Protection Act (ICWPA)," Grassley wrote in his letter to Wray.
As you are aware, the ICWPA applies to FBI contractors and provides them a mechanism by which to report waste, fraud, abuse, and mismanagement to Congress and the Inspector General. During the raid, agents reportedly seized documents that Mr. Cain had provided to the Inspector General and that the Inspector General later provided to the House and Senate Intelligence Committees. These documents relate to the Clinton Foundation and Uranium One transaction. To better understand the FBI’s basis for performing the raid, please answer the following no later than December 12, 2018:
1. Was the FBI aware at the time of the raid that Mr. Cain had made what appeared to be
lawful disclosures to the Inspector General? If so, was the FBI aware that these
disclosures were passed to the House and Senate Intelligence Committees, per the
2. Does the FBI consider Mr. Cain’s disclosures to be protected? Please explain.
3. On what basis did the FBI decide to carry out the aforementioned raid on November 19,
2018? Please explain and provide a copy of the warrant and all supporting affidavits.
4. Did the materials seized by the FBI during the raid contain any classified information? If
so, was that information classified at the time Mr. Cain brought them to his residence?