The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) raided a whistleblower’s home after he obtained documents exposing questionable practices by the Clinton Foundation and Uranium One.
Michael Socarras – the attorney of the whistleblower, Dennis Nathan Cain – announced last week that the FBI rummaged through his client’s home for six hours after the homeowner turned the documents over federal officials.
Not a good start for a 2020 presidential run
With indications that former first lady Hillary Clinton will run one again for the presidency in 2020, the recognized Department of Justice (DOJ) whistleblower is the latest target of an FBI probe that is looking into information obtained by the man who privately delivered documents to a government watchdog concerning the Clinton Foundation and Uranium One.
“The Justice Department’s inspector general was informed that the documents show that federal officials failed to investigate potential criminal activity regarding former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, the Clinton Foundation and Rosatom – the Russian company that purchased Uranium One – a document reviewed by The Daily Caller News Foundation [DCNF] alleges,” The Daily Caller announced. “The delivered documents also show that then-FBI Director Robert Mueller failed to investigate allegations of criminal misconduct pertaining to Rosatom and to other Russian government entities attached to Uranium One, the document reviewed by TheDCNF alleges. Mueller is now the special counsel investigating whether the Trump campaign colluded with Russia during the 2016 election.”
Socarras insisted that Cain’s handling of the information was within the bounds of the law and called the raid of his home in Union Bridge, Maryland, by 16 agents on November 19 an “outrageous disregard” of the former FBI contractor’s protections.
“The bureau raided my client to seize what he legally gave Congress about the Clinton Foundation and Uranium One,” Socarras told The Daily Caller (DCNF).
Federal magistrate Stephanie A. Gallagher of the U.S. District Court for Baltimore, Maryland, issued and signed a court order on Nov. 15 permitting the raid.
Government agents contend that the confiscation of the former FBI agent’s property was legitimate because he allegedly broke the law by taking possession of federal property.
“A special agent from the FBI’s Baltimore division – who led the raid – charged that Cain possessed stolen federal property and demanded entry to his private residence, Socarras told TheDCNF,” TheDCNF’s Richard Pollock reported.
FBI Spokesman David Fitz announced that the raid of Cain’s home had taken place.
“On Nov. 19, the FBI conducted court authorized law enforcement activity in the Union Bridge, Maryland, area,” Fitz told TheDCNF. “At this time, we have no further comment.”
According to Socarras, the raid took place despite Cain’s contention that he legally possessed the documents under question.
“Cain informed the agent while he was still at the door that he was a recognized protected whistleblower under the Intelligence Community Whistleblower Protection Act and that U.S. Justice Department Inspector General Michael Horowitz recognized his whistleblower status,” Pollock noted. “Cain further told the FBI agent the potentially damaging classified information had been properly transmitted to the Senate and House Intelligence committees as permitted under the act, Socarras said. The agent immediately directed his agents to begin a sweep of the suburban home, anyway.”
Socarras pointed out that Cain quickly turned over the documents to the FBI out of fear and intimidation, noting that agents still rummaged through his home for six hours.
“After asking and getting my approval to do so, DOJ IG Michael Horowitz had a member of his staff physically take Mr. Cain’s classified document disclosure to the House and Senate Intelligence committees,” the whistleblower’s lawyer told TheDCNF. “For the bureau to show up at Mr. Cain’s home suggesting that those same documents are stolen federal property – and then proceed to seize copies of the same documents after being told at the house door that he is a legally protected whistleblower who gave them to Congress – is an outrageous disregard of the law.”
Even though Cain should have been protected from the a search and seizure, the FBI went ahead and treated him as if the documents exposing Clinton were illegally obtained.
“The law protects whistleblowers who are government contractors and requires the IG to share such potentially damaging information with the attorney general – who at the time was Jeff Sessions,” Pollock continued. “The two law enforcement officials directed the documents be sent to the Senate and House Intelligence committees for their examination – according to Socarras – who said that a high-level IG official hand-delivered the documents to the two intelligence committees.”
Soccoras was amazed at the FBI’s aggressive behavior.
“I cannot believe the Bureau informed the federal magistrate who approved the search warrant that they wanted to search the home of an FBI whistleblower to seize the information that he confidentially disclosed to the IG and Congress,” Socarras expressed to DCNF.
The FBI and other whistleblowers within the intelligence community are protected by the whistleblower act, according to 2016 intelligence community directive.
“The [intelligence community] is committed to providing its personnel the means to report violations of law,” the directive reads.
Socarras – whom the FBI has still not spoken with since the raid – stressed how his client should have been protected by the government directive.
“The [whistleblower act] authorizes employees of contractors to take government property and give it to the two intelligence committees confidentially,” Socarras added. “After the raid – and having received my name and phone number from Mr. Cain as his lawyer – an FBI agent actually called my client directly to discuss his seized electronics. Knowingly bypassing the lawyer of a represented client is serious misconduct.”
The documentation Cain received while working for the FBI as a contractor was obtained through a number of stages.
“Cain met with a senior member of Horowitz’s office at a church close to the White House to deliver the documents to the IG, according to Socarras,” Townhall reported. “Cain sat in a pew with a hoodie and sun glasses, Socarras said.”
The information was then quickly taken.
“Cain held a double-sealed envelope containing a flash drive with the documents,” Townhall’s Beth Baumann recounted. “The IG official met him and – without saying a word – took the pouch over Cain’s shoulder and left.
Conspiracy against the Dems?
As FBI Director from 2001–2013, Mueller was negligent to investigate criminal misconduct allegations in the Uranium One case, which reveals Clinton’s underhanded dealings with Russia in the transaction of American uranium.
“The Canadian-based mining company controls over 20 percent of the U.S. uranium supply and was sold to the Russian conglomerate Rosatom in 2010,” RT.com informed. “The sale needed to be approved by the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CIFUS), which was chaired by then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.”
Clinton’s covert and shady operations have been under the radar for nearly a decade now.
“Since , multiple whistleblowers have revealed claims of misconduct, bribery and fraud on part of the people involved in the sale, even suggesting a ‘pay for play’ scheme in which the Clinton Foundation received millions of dollars in donations in exchange for greenlighting the deal,” RT.com added. “Republicans have also pointed to Bill Clinton’s $500,000 fee for a speech in Moscow in 2010 as evidence the Clintons were peddling influence for Russian money.”
However, Clinton’s party insists that Republicans have used her questionable dealings to their political advantage.
“Democrats have dismissed the apparent scandal as a right-wing conspiracy theory, and Clinton herself called the accusations of wrongdoing ‘baloney,’” RT.com pointed out.
Since this spring, the uranium scandal has been beating on Clinton’s door – posing more problems for her possible 2020 White House run.
“In April this year, then-Attorney General Jeff Sessions asked the Utah-based U.S. Attorney John Humber to investigate both the Uranium One probe and the FBI investigation into Clinton’s use of a private email server,” RT.com recalled. “That second probe was the subject of a scathing report in June by the DOJ IG Michael Horowitz – the same official to whom Cain gave the documents as a whistleblower. The status of that investigation is currently unknown.”