A former CIA inspector normal discovered to have retaliated in opposition to a whistleblower might be a part of the Home choose committee trying into the Jan. 6 riot on the US Capitol, in response to a brand new report.
David Buckley, the choose committee’s workers director, served as CIA Inspector Normal, the intelligence company’s watchdog, between October 2010 and January 2015. Buckley’s tenure was finest identified for his workplace’s 2014 report revealing that CIA workers improperly spied on Senate staffers previous to the discharge of a report into alleged torture of detained terrorism suspects.
In 2019, the Division of Homeland Safety’s (DHS) inspector normal revealed that Buckley and different officers within the CIA Workplace of the Inspector Normal (OIG) opened a so-called “retaliatory investigation” into Andrew Bakaj, an OIG particular agent. That probe uncovered “derogatory data” that led the OIG to put Bakaj on go away and droop his safety clearance.
On Friday, Yahoo Information revealed beforehand unpublished particulars of the DHS watchdog’s 36-page report inspecting Bakaj’s allegations that Buckley and others retaliated in opposition to him after he was accused of offering data to a different investigation.
Bakaj’s grievance stemmed from the aftermath of an April 2014 assembly with Paul Wogaman, a prime official within the workplace of the Intelligence Group Inspector Normal (ICIG), to help with an inquiry into the CIA OIG.
After Bakaj’s superiors came upon of the assembly with Wogaman, the report says, they started a overview of Bakaj’s pc searches and different actions.
That probe, Yahoo reported, discovered that Bakaj had copied a delicate CIA file on to his pc. The CIA in the end concluded the recordsdata had not been leaked, and the FBI declined to research. In the course of the investigation, Buckley positioned Bakaj on administrative go away.
After Bakaj filed a grievance of retaliation, the CIA OIG did not correctly overview the matter, main DHS to get entangled, in response to the report.
DHS in the end discovered that the OIG probe of Bakaj was “a pretext for gathering proof to make use of to retaliate in opposition to” their very own particular agent. The report concluded that the CIA ought to decide “at minimal” whether or not the safety clearances of Buckley and others ought to be suspended or revoked on account of their investigation.
It’s unclear what, if any motion the CIA took in response to the report.
The choice to offer Buckley the highest staffing job on the Jan. 6 committee was made by Chairman Bennie Thompson (D-Miss.), who can also be the chairman of the Home Homeland Safety Committee.
A spokesperson for the committee advised CNN late Friday that Buckley “raised this matter through the Employees Director interview course of and denies taking any motion in opposition to the complainant in retaliation for the worker’s [Bakaj’s] claimed whistleblowing. In his position as CIA Inspector Normal, Mr. Buckley had no alternative however to put the complainant on administrative go away after the CIA’s Workplace of Safety suspended the worker’s clearance.”
Bakaj’s lawyer, Mark Zaid advised CNN in an announcement of his personal that the committee’s response was “extremely insulting.”
“Andrew is likely one of the main attorneys in america in representing whistleblowers,” Zaid wrote. “He labored at each DoD and CIA OIG and helped write the CIA’s whistleblower insurance policies. And he dealt with probably the most essential and delicate nationwide safety whistleblower instances of the twenty first century. We anticipate higher from the Committee and its management.”
The committee, which is made up of eight Home members — seven Democrats and GOP Rep. Liz Cheney of Wyoming — will maintain its first listening to on Tuesday with eyewitness testimony from 4 legislation enforcement officers concerning the riot.