Lawmakers demand release of FBI whistlebower report

Sens. Chuck GrassleyChuck GrassleySenate Dems plan floor protest ahead of ObamaCare repeal vote It's time for Republicans to play offense while Democrats are weak A bipartisan consensus against 'big pharma' is growing in Congress MORE and Ron WydenRon WydenOvernight Tech: Black lawmakers press Uber on diversity | Google faces record EU fine | Snap taps new lobbyist | New details on FCC cyberattack FCC chairman reveals new details about cyberattack following John Oliver segment Election hacking fears turn heat on Homeland Security MORE called on President Obama on Tuesday to release the findings of a Justice Department review of the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s regulations to protect whistleblowers from retaliation.

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Obama ordered the review almost two years ago, directing the attorney general to compile a report assessing the effectiveness of rules in place and recommending potential improvements.

Grassley (Iowa), top Republican on the Senate Judiciary Committee and Wyden (D-Ore.) say they have learned that the report was delivered in June but not shared with lawmakers.

Citing  “a history of whistleblower retaliation” at the FBI, Grassley said federal lawmakers must be allowed to see the report.

“The FBI has had special rules for its own employees for decades that desperately need to be updated,” Wyden added. “It’s important for the Justice Department to explain whether they will fix this on their own, or if Congress needs to step in.”

The lawmakers pointed to reports that those who reported problems at the bureau have been confined to basement offices, given little work to do and had their reputations tarnished with “loss of effectiveness” labels.

Grassley and Wyden said that legislation could be needed to address those issues, based on the DOJ’s findings and a separate probe by the Government Accountability Office.