Acting DNI Joseph Maguire delivers his opening statement

Acting DNI Joseph Maguire delivers his opening statement
Acting DNI Joseph Maguire delivers his opening statement
German Chef ranking member Nunez and members of the committee good morning, I’d like to begin by thanking the Truman and the committee for agreeing to postpone this hearing for 1 week. This provide a sufficient time, allow the executive branch to successfully complete its consultations regarding how to accommodate the committee’s request. Mr. trim and I’ve told you this on several occasions, and I would like to say this publicly. I respect you. I respect this committee and I welcomed and take seriously the committee’s oversight role, that Congressional oversight of the intelligence activities is critical and six essential to successful operations with the intelligence Community. Having served as the Director of the national counterterrorism Center for 8 months and as the acting Director of National Intelligence for the 6 weeks, I continue to believe strongly that the role of congressional oversight, as I pledged to the Senate, I placed you today that I will Continue to work closely with Congress, while I’m serving either in this group a acting Director of National counterterrorism, for when I return to the National counterterrorism Center to ensure you are fully and currently informed of intelligence activities to facilitate your ability to perform your oversight of the Community American people expect us to keep them safe. The intelligence Community cannot do that without this committee support. Before I turn to the matter of hand, there are few things I would like to say: I’m not partisan, and I am not political. I believe in a life of service and I’m honored to be a public servant. I served under eight presidents. If I was in uniform. I have taken the oath to the Constitution 11 times the first time when I was wanting to the United States Navy in 1974 and 9 times during my subsequent promotions in the United States Navy, most recently directed Dan coats administered the oath of office last December. When I became the director of the national counterterrorism Center, I agree with you: the oath is sacred: it’s a foundation of our constitution, the oak to me nice. Only that I squared true faith and allegiance to that sacred document. But more importantly, I view it as a covenant. I have with my Workforce that I lead and every American that I will and Faithfully discharge the duties of my office. I come from a long line of public servants who stepped forward even in the most difficult times in austere times, to support and defend our country. But I took my uniform off in July of two. It was the first time in 70 years that an immediate member of my family was not wearing the cloth of the nation. As a naval special Warfare officer, I had the honor of commanding at every level in the show Community, it was at times very demanding, but the rewards of serving an American Special Operations Community. More than make up for the demands, after my retirement to work for a private sector, I left the business world after 3 years to lead a non-profit charity. Some question: why would leave a promising business career to run a charity? The answer was quite simple: it was another opportunity to serve Foundation dedicated to honoring the sacrifice of our fallen and severely wounded, special operators, the foundation I’ll and enabled hundreds of children of our fallen to attend college. It was extremely meaningful and rewarding the winter of 2018. I was asked by former director Dan coats to return the government service to leave the national counterterrorism Center. This request was totally unexpected and was not a position I saw it, but then again it was another opportunity to serve my country. In particular, I knew that many of the young Sailors and Junior officers that I had trained 20 years earlier, but now senior combat veterans, deploying and still sacrificing, I decide they could continue to serve returning to government service. With the very least I could do and now – and I am sitting before you at the acting Director of National Intelligence with last month’s departure of coaches Hoegaarden to exceptional leaders and friends, I was asked to step into their very big shoes and leave the intelligence Community Until the president, nominates and the Senate confirms the next Director of National Intelligence, I accepted this responsibility because I love this country. I have a deep and profound respect for the men and women of our intelligence community and the mission we execute everyday. On behalf of the American people throughout my career, I have served Electra turbulent times. I have covered every action by the following criteria: it must be legal, it must be moral and it must be ethical. No one can take an individual’s anyway. They can only be given if every action meets those criteria, you will always be a person of Integrity. Am I nearly four Decades of Public Service? My Integrity has never been questioned until now. I’M here today to unequivocally States did I. I will continue the same. Faithful and non-partisan support and a matter that adheres to the Constitution and the laws of this great country. As long as I serve in this position for whatever. Of time that, maybe I want to make a that – I have upheld my responsibility to follow the law. Every step of the way in the matter that is before us today, I went to also State my support for whistleblower and rights and the laws whistleblowing as a history of our country dating back to the Continental Congress. This is not surprising because, as a nation we desire for good government. Therefore, we must protect those who demonstrate courage to report alleged wrongdoing on the battlefield or in the workplace and deed. At the start of Ethics training the executive branch each year, we are reminded that public service is a public trust and its public servants. We have a responsibility, do what’s right, which include reporting, concerns, waste Fraud and Abuse and bringing such matters to the attention of Congress. Under the intelligence Community whistleblower protection act, I applauded all employees who can throw it under this act. I am committed to ensuring that all whistleblower complaints are handled appropriately and to protecting the rights of whistleblowers. In this case, the complainant raised the matter with the intelligence Community Inspector General. The expected you is properly protecting the complainants identity and will not permit the complaining to be subject to any retaliation or adverse consequences for communicating the complaint to the inspector-general. Upholding the Integrity of the intelligence community is my number one priority. Throughout my career, I relied in the men and women of the intelligence Community to do their jobs, so I could do mine and I can personally attest that their efforts saved lives. I would now return to the complaint and provide a general background on how we got to where we are today. On August 26th, the inspector-general forwarded to me from an employee in the intelligence Community inspector stated that the complete raise an urgent concern illegally Define term under whistleblower protection act that has been discussed at length and I’ll. Let it to the committee on September 16th and 17 before I turn to the discussion about what play me. The definition of urgent concern, our first one to talk about it even more fundamental issue. Upon reviewing the complaint, we were immediately struck by the fact that many of the allegations of the complaint or basement relation between the president and another foreign leader such calls are typically subject to executive privilege. As a result, we consulted with the White House counsel’s office and we were advised that bunch of the information to complain was in fact, subject to executive privilege privilege that I do not have the authority to waive the cost of that. We were unable to immediately share the details with the complaint with this committee, but continued to consult with the White House counsel effort to do so. Yesterday, the president release the transcripts of the call in question and therefore we are now able to disclose the details of both complained and the inspector General’s letter transmitted to us as we, I provided the House and Senate intelligence committees with the full unredacted complaint, as well As the inspector General’s letter, let me also discuss the issue of urgent concern when transmitting a complaint. The inspector-general took the legal position that, because the complaint alleges a matters of urgent concern and because she found the allegations to be credible, I was required on the intelligence Community whistleblower protection Define with the complaint or oversight committees within 7 Days of receiving it. As we have previously explained, that are letters, urgent concern is a statutorily defined term to be an urgent concern. The allegations must, in addition to being classified, assert a flagrant, serious problem, abuse or violation of Law and relate to the funding Administration or operation of an in which activity within the responsibilities of the Director of National Intelligence. By someone outside the intelligence Community unrelated to funding Administration operation of an intelligence activity under my supervision, because the allegation of the face did not appear to fall in the Statue of Tori framework, my life has consulted the United States Department of Justice Office of legal counsel And include, we included the Inspector General in those consultations. After reviewing the complaint and the inspector-general transmittal letter, the office of legal counsel determined that the complaint allegations do not meet the statutory requirement. Definition considering legal, urgent concern and found that I was not legally required to transmit the material to our oversight committee Under The Whistleblower protection act on a classified version of that office of legal counsel. Memo with released, as you know, but those are most of the executive branch office of legal counsel. Opinions are binding on all of us. In particular, the office of legal counsel opinion states that the president is not a member of the in humidity and the communication with a foreign leader involved. No intelligence, operation or activity aimed at collecting or analyzing foreign intelligence. Willis olc opinion did not require complain to the committee’s. It did leave me with the discretion to forward the complaint to the committee. However, even the executive privilege issues I discussed, neither the inspector-general nor I were able to share the details of the at the time when the Inspector General informed me that he still intended to notify the Committees of the existence of the complaint with determine. I supported that decision to ensure the Committees were kept as informed as possible of this process move forward. I want to raise a few other points about the situation we find ourselves in. First. I want to stress that I believe that the Whistleblower and the inspector-general have active good faith to our. I have every reason to believe that they have done everything by the book and follow the law respecting the privileged nature of the information and patiently waiting while the executive privilege issues were resolved wherever possible. We have worked in partnership with the Inspector General on this matter. While we have different opinions on the issue, whether or not is urgent concern. I strongly believe in the role of the inspector-general. I greatly value. Dependency brings to end his dedication and his role in keeping me and the committee’s informed of matters within the intelligence committee. Second executive privilege prevented us from sharing the details with the complaint with the committee’s until recently, this does not mean that the complaint was ignored. The Inspector General and consultation with my Arvest refer this matter to the Department of Justice for investigation. Finally appreciate that in the past, whistleblowing complaints may have been divided Congress, regardless of whether they were deemed credible or satisfy the Urgent, recurrent, urgent and requirement. However, I am not familiar with any prior in where a whistle-blower complaint touchdown such complicated and sensitive issues, including executive privilege. I believe that this matter is unprecedented. I also believe, but I handle this matter and Fulcrum cancel the Lord at all times, and I am committed to doing so sure I appreciate the committee providing me this opportunity to discuss this matter. The ongoing commitment to work with the Congress on your important oversight role. Thank you very much.
Acting Director of National Intelligence Joseph Maguire says he is not partisan or political during his opening statement before the House Intelligence Committee. #FoxNews

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