A judge ruled to keep documents justifying a dramatic FBI raid on Dennis Cain’s home – an officially recognized whistleblower – secret.
Some argue the court should’ve disclosed whether federal prosecutors told the judge that Cain was a protected whistleblower, under the Intelligence Community Whistleblower Protection Act, who had handed over pertinent documents to an official government watchdog before the raid. (The Daily Caller)
A federal court refused to unseal government documents that permitted the FBI to raid the home of a reportedly recognized whistleblower who, according to his lawyer, delivered documents pertaining to the Clinton Foundation and Uranium One to a presidentially appointed watchdog.
The U.S. District Court of Maryland’s Chief Magistrate Judge Beth P. Gesner, a Clinton appointee, also sealed her justification for keeping the documents secret in a single-page Dec. 20 order.
On Nov. 15, federal Magistrate Judge Stephanie Gallagher authorized the raid on Dennis Cain’s Union Bridge, Maryland, home. She sealed the government documents justifying it.
The Daily Caller News Foundation asked Gallagher on Nov. 29 to unseal the documents, noting that Cain’s attorney has said his client, a former employee of an FBI contractor, is a recognized whistleblower. The documents should be released in light of “an urgent public interest” surrounding the case, TheDCNF wrote.
Cain received whistleblower status last summer after delivering documents pertaining to the Clinton Foundation and Uranium One scandals to Justice Department Inspector General Michael Horowitz.
Cain’s lawyer says Horowitz then instructed a top aide to hand-deliver the documents to the House and Senate intelligence committees.
However, on November 19, Cain found himself confronted by 16 armed FBI agents who scoured his home for six hours, even after he informed the agents of his protected status.
Authorities have not charged Cain with any crime.