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December 06, 2018

How Did The FBI Get a Warrant for a Raid Against a... Whistleblower Protected by the Whistleblower Law? Did They Tell the Judge He Was a Whistleblower with Whistleblower Protections? Or Did They Forget to Mention That?

The FBI forgot to mention that the unverified oppo file they got a FISA with had been paid for and put together by Trump's opponent in an election.

The FBI has a lot of Ooopsies lately.

Did they have another Ooopsie when they raided a whistleblower who'd given the government information about the Clinton Foundation and Uranium One?

Whistleblower activists condemned the FBI's raid of a recognized whistleblower, Dennis Cain.

Cain had previously shared documents with Department of Justice Inspector General Michael Horowitz.

The documents contained potential wrongdoing regarding the Clinton Foundation, the Uranium One deal and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, according to Cain's lawyer.

Whistleblower advocates across the political spectrum condemned an FBI raid on the home of a recognized whistleblower who reported potential wrongdoing surrounding the Clinton Foundation, the Uranium One deal and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.

The Daily Caller News Foundation, in a bombshell report, detailed how 16 FBI agents raided the home of Dennis Cain, a former employee of an FBI contractor, on Nov. 19. They rummaged through his home for six hours even though he told them that Department of Justice Inspector General Michael Horowitz awarded him whistleblower status, according to Cain;s lawyer, Michael Socarras.

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Everyone TheDCNF interviewed said the raid should never have occurred. They said it appeared Cain followed the rules in accordance to the Intelligence Community Whistleblower Protection Act, which protects federal whistleblowers from retaliation.

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"This isnít how we should be treating whistleblowers who are coming forward with information about high level wrongdoing," [an expert] told TheDCNF. "It sends a very strong message that you will be treated as a criminal even though what you're trying to do is expose crime or a potential crime."

Craig Holman, a lobbyist for Public Citizen, the liberal advocacy group founded by Ralph Nader, told TheDCNF: "Well it certainly sounds like an absolute violation of the spirit of what the whistleblower law is supposed to be all about."

The documents Cain possessed, which he gave to the special agent leading the search, show that federal officials failed to investigate potential criminal activity pertaining to Clinton, the Clinton Foundation, and the Russian company that purchased Uranium One, according to a document TheDCNF reviewed.

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A conservative attorney on ethics law, Cleta Mitchell, questioned whether the FBI was truthful when it sought the court order.

"If they did not fully advise the court of his whistleblower status, then I would find that to be extremely troublesome," she said. "The main question is whether or not they properly informed the court that this individual is a whistleblower and that he had gone through the procedures to receive whistleblower status."

"Until Mr. Cain's attorney is able to see what the FBI or the U.S. Attorney presented to the court in order to obtain this search warrant, then we have no way of knowing and he has no way of knowing whether they fully and properly advised the court that he had whistleblower status, and whether they informed the judge that he had gone through all of the proper procedures," Mitchell continued.


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"If the search warrant for Mr. Cainís property was based on an affidavit that purposely or recklessly omitted his whistleblower status, like my client's case against the Smith County Sheriff [in Texas], the search could be ruled unreasonable and hence a Fourth Amendment violation," [a lawyer] said.

"Material information may occasionally inadvertently be left out of a search warrant affidavit, but it is rare and dangerous when it is done purposely or recklessly," Baggish continued.

The documents relating to the raid and the warrant application materials are all conveniently under seal.


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