Over the past week, there has been dueling commentary on the issue of whether the Complaint form for whistleblower allegations of wrongdoing was changed or dropped from the original standard whistleblower application form of record.
Sean Davis at The Federalist first reported that federal records showed that the original whistleblower complaint form had been changed in August 2019, to eliminate the requirement of direct, first-hand knowledge of wrongdoing in support of the allegations.
A review of the records did indeed indicate that a change was made at the time the CIA analyst submitted his/her claim, which raises the legitiamate question of whether the revisions were made to facilitate the standing of the whistleblower to make a statutory claim of abuse of power.
Others criticized Davis’ report on the basis that the form itself is not controlling, in terms of ascertaining whether the Complainant has made a prima facie case sufficient with which to submit his/her complaint to Congress.
Kevin Poulsen, makes a rather circuitious and somewhat specious argument that altough the form may have dropped the firsthand knowledge requirement, the IC IG gathered the first hand knowledge at the Daily Beast argued that “government investigators found the firsthand evidence themselves.” This statement doesn’t seem to refute convincingly, Davis’s assertion that