Dingell express concern in Whistleblower controversy
Congresswoman Debbie Dingell: Critical to Protect National Security & Constitution, Begin Formal Investigation in Whistleblower case
Today, Congresswoman Debbie Dingell (D-MI) issued the following statement:
“I remain deeply concerned about the division in this country that I fear could harm the roots of our democracy. We are a divided country, but we can never be divided on the rule of law.
“We learned the Inspector General of the Intelligence Community had determined this was a credible, urgent whistleblower report that was a real threat to our national security. Congress has a responsibility to understand the perceived threat and to address the issues. The law requires that potential threats such as this be provided to the Intelligence Committees of Congress and that has yet to happen.
“It is our responsibility as Members of Congress to protect the United States of America. We take an oath to protect our Constitution and to protect our national security.
“When someone is using appropriated funds designated for national security to threaten a world leader for their own personal and political gain – it cannot be ignored. It requires action. We need the facts.
“We must use all Congressional authorities to follow the facts, launch an investigation, and uncover the truth. That is our moral responsibility. It is critical for the future of our democracy. That is why I support an impeachment inquiry into the President.
“This is our job. We still have the responsibility to lower drug prices for Americans, to get a trade deal that’s going to help the hardworking men and women – and we have a moral responsibility to protect our Constitution.”
Ray Hanania is an award winning political and humor columnist who analyzes American and Middle East politics, and life in general. He is an author of several books.
Hanania covered Chicago Politics and Chicago City Hall from 1976 through 1992. He began writing in 1975 publishing The Middle Eastern Voice newspaper in Chicago (1975-1977). He later published “The National Arab American Times” newspaper (2004-2007).
Hanania writes weekly columns on Middle East and American Arab issues as Special US Correspondent for the Arab News ArabNews.com, at TheArabDailyNews.com, and at SuburbanChicagoland.com. He has published weekly columns in the Jerusalem Post newspaper, YNetNews.com, Newsday, the Orlando Sentinel, Houston Chronical, and Arlington Heights Daily Herald.
Hanania is the recipient of four (4) Chicago Headline Club “Peter Lisagor Awards” for Column writing. In November 2006, he was named “Best Ethnic American Columnist” by the New American Media. In 2009, Hanania received the prestigious Sigma Delta Chi Award for Writing from the Society of Professional Journalists. He is the recipient of the MT Mehdi Courage in Journalism Award. He was honored for his writing skills with two (2) Chicago Stick-o-Type awards from the Chicago Newspaper Guild. In 1990, Hanania was nominated by the Chicago Sun-Times editors for a Pulitzer Prize for his four-part series on the Palestinian Intifada.
His writings have also been honored by two national Awards from ADC for his writing, and from the National Arab American Journalists Association.
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