A whistleblower for the Department of Justice had his home raided after privately delivering documents concerning the Clinton Foundation’s ties to the Uranium One deal.
According to the Daily Caller News Foundation, the whistleblower had given up documents willingly to the DOJ prior but was raided by the FBI regardless. The raid was “an outrageous disregard” of his protections according to the whistleblower’s lawyer, Michael Socarras.
The FBI claimed that the whistleblower possessed stolen federal property and demanded entry to his private residence according to the DCNF, resulting in sixteen agents arriving at the home of former FBI contractor Dennis Nathan Cain on Nov. 19. The agents raided his Union Bridge, Maryland, home early in the morning according to Socarras.
The documents in question, which Cain obtained while working as a Federal contractor, “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” according to the DCNF.
The DCNF reported that Cain attempted to reason with Federal agents before the raid occurred but to no avail:
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 Justice Department Inspector General Michael Horowitz recognized his whistleblower status, according to Socarras.
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.
Frightened and intimidated, Cain promptly handed over the documents, Socarras told TheDCNF. Yet even after surrendering the information to the FBI, the agents continued to rummage through the home for six hours.
“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,” said Socarras.
According to the law, whistleblowers are granted protections if they are or were government contractors thanks to the Whistleblower act.
“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.
Despite this, Federal agents have not contacted Socarras according to the DCNF.
“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 TheDCNF. “Knowingly bypassing the lawyer of a represented client is serious misconduct.”
At this time, it does seem like the intelligence community ignored protections granted to citizens in order to seize information they deemed critical to a Clinton scandal, though it’s not clear as to why.