(TeaParty.org) – A whistleblower who turned over documents regarding the Clinton Foundation and Uranium One to a government watchdog group has had his home raided by the FBI, the whistleblower’s attorney says.
The Daily Caller News Foundation reports that the Inspector General of the Justice Department was informed that the documents indicate federal officials neglected to investigate possible criminal activity on the part of former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, the Clinton Foundation, and Rosatom, the Russian company that bought Uranium One.
The documents the whistleblower turned over to the DOJ may indicate that then-FBI Director Robert Mueller also failed to look into allegations of criminal activity surrounding Rosatom and other Russian government entities involved with Uranium One.
Mueller, of course, is now the special counsel investigating alleged collusion between the 2016 Trump campaign and the Russian government.
“The bureau raided my client to seize what he legally gave Congress about the Clinton Foundation and Uranium One,” says Michael Socarras, attorney for the whistleblower. Socarras added that he considered the FBI raid an “outrageous disregard” of whistleblower protections.
The man is Dennis Nathan Cain, a former FBI contractor, whose Union Bridge, Maryland home was raided by sixteen agents on the morning of November 16th, Socarras told the Daily Caller.
The raid was authorized by a court order signed by federal magistrate Stephanie A. Gallagher on November 16th, in the U.S. District Court for Baltimore. The Daily Caller was able to obtain a copy of the court order.
The raid was led by a special agent from the Baltimore division of the FBI, and charged that Cain was in possession of stolen federal property, hence demanding they be allowed to enter his residence, Socarras says.
“On Nov. 19, the FBI conducted court-authorized law enforcement activity in the Union Bridge, Maryland area,” Dave Fitz, a bureau spokesman, told TheDCNF. “At this time, we have no further comment.”
At the time, Cain informed the agents, when they were at his door, that he was a protected whistleblower under the Intelligence Community Whistleblower Protection Act, and that Justice Department Inspector General Michael Horowitz recognized this status, Socarras explain.
Cain explained further to the agents that the documents he had had in his possession had been appropriately conveyed to the Senate and House Intelligence committees under the guidelines of the act, but that the lead agent instructed his agents to search the home regardless.
Socarras said Cain then complied and handed over the documents, intimidated, but that the agents continued to search his home for the following six hours in spite of this.
“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,” Socarras explained to the Daily Caller.
“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,” he continued.
Cain first discovered the potentially damning information in his capacity as an FBI contractor, and that he met with a senior Horowitz staffer in order to convey the documents to the IG, Socarras explains.
Dressed in a hoodie and sunglasses, Cain delivered the documents to the IG official, whom he met at a church near the White House, via flash drive, enclosed in a double-sealed envelope.
The meeting was brief, Socarras says, and Cain simply passed the envelope over his shoulder to the official who took it without saying a word, and left the church.
So, the FBI essentially raided Cain’s home to obtain documents he had already appropriately passed over to government officials in a manner that, by the letter of the law, made him a protected whistleblower.
“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 told TheDCNF.
The whistleblower act exists to protect persons like Cain within the intelligence community, and Cain took all the necessary steps to assure this level of protection for himself.
“The [intelligence community] is committed to providing its personnel the means to report violations of law,” a 2016 intelligence community directive states.
“The [whistleblower act] authorizes employees of contractors to take government property and give it to the two intelligence committees confidentially,” Socarras told The Daily Caller.
Socarras says, despite the raid, that the FBI has yet to talk to him regarding Cain.
“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,” Socarras told The Daily Caller. “Knowingly bypassing the lawyer of a represented client is serious misconduct.”
The inspector general has so far declined to comment, and the Justice Department has not yet responded to a request for comment from the Daily Caller.