US Watchdogs Slam DOJ's Ukraine Whistleblower Memo

Law360 (October 25, 2019, 10:16 PM EDT) -- A group of federal watchdogs has criticized the U.S. Department of Justice for determining that a whistleblower's report about allegedly inappropriate White House interaction with Ukraine wasn't an "urgent concern," thereby blocking the complaint from being sent to Congress.

In a letter made public Friday, the Council of the Inspectors General on Integrity and Efficiency said the DOJ's Office of Legal Counsel had been wrong to "effectively overrule" a finding by the U.S. Intelligence Community's inspector general that the whistleblower's allegations "appeared credible and therefore needed to be transmitted to Congress."

"If intelligence community employees and contractors believe that independent IG...

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