Yesterday, an intelligence community watchdog came forward about the “personal backlash” he faced while investigating Hillary Clinton‘s emails during the 2016 election.
Former Inspector General Charles McCullough III, an Obama appointee, told Fox News that upon discovering classified and top secret information on Clinton’s unsecure private email, he reported it to then-DNI James Clapper, which he called it “extremely reckless” of the former Secretary of State.
He believed there was a “deliberate effort” to mislead the public about her emails by the Obama administration and the Clinton campaign and he was told that he was going to be one of the first government employees to be “fired” after the election under the assumption that Clinton would win.
McCullough appeared on Tucker Carlson Tonight to talk more about what he experienced.
He told Tucker Carlson that Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) was among seven Democrats who sent him a letter and accused him of “politicizing” the investigation and she only focused on the lack of classified “markings” on Clinton’s emails.
“It’s maddening, frankly,” McCullough said. “It’s absolutely irrelevant whether or not something is marked classified. It’s the character of information. We have an intelligence community with very good men and women who collect intelligence and that information gets disseminated. And even if the information isn’t marked properly when it’s disseminated, it’s still classified. What matters is the information, not the marking on it.”
McCullough faced “nothing but contention” from the State Department, certain individuals on Capitol Hill, and even from the Clinton campaign, which he adds they “shouldn’t have” been involved.
“I’m well-aware there was a strategic coordination between the campaign, the State Department, certain officials at the State Department, certain law firms in town, and people on Capitol Hill,” McCullough stated.
He remembered being “chided” by a congressional staff director for “not considering the political consequences” of his work.
“I’m an inspector general,” McCullough continued. “That’s my job is to not consider the political consequences… As an IG, you’re not a D, you’re not an R, you’re an I- you’re an IG. Those are the letters that matter to you.”
McCullough added he was dismissed as a “shill of the right” and was “attacked” as the messenger.
Watch the clip above, via Fox News.
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