The FBI raided the home of a whistleblower who possessed documents showing federal officials failed to investigate potential criminal activity regarding former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, the Clinton Foundation and the Russian company that purchased Uranium One, according to the whistleblower's lawyer.
The Daily Caller News Foundation reported 16 agents arrived at the Union Bridge, Maryland, home of Dennis Nathan Cain, a former FBI contractor, on the morning of Nov. 19.
The lawyer, Michael Socarras, told the Daily Caller that Cain had turned the documents over to the Department of Justice's inspector general, and both the House and Senate Intelligence committees.
The raid was permitted by a court order signed Nov. 15 by federal magistrate Stephanie A. Gallagher in the U.S. District Court for Baltimore.
Socarras said the FBI rummaged through Cain's home for six hours, even after the whistleblower handed over the documents.
The delivered documents allegedly show that then-FBI Director Robert Mueller failed to investigate allegations of criminal misconduct pertaining to the Russian company, Rosatom, and to other Russian government entities attached to Uranium One, the Daily Caller said.
Clinton Cash" author Peter Schweizer was the first to report
the alleged "pay for play" scandal surrounding the Russians' purchase of a company that controlled one-fifth of U.S. uranium reserves while Hillary Clinton was secretary of state. Schweizer found that nine foreign investors in the Uranium One deal gave $145 million to the Clinton Foundation, and the New York Times confirmed in an April 2015 story Uranium One's chairman used his family foundation to make four donations totaling $2.35 million to the Clinton Foundation.
"The bureau raided my client to seize what he legally gave Congress about the Clinton Foundation and Uranium One," Socarras told the Daily Caller.
The lawyer called the raid an "outrageous disregard" of whistleblower protections.
Socarras said the special agent who led the raid charged that Cain possessed stolen federal property.
Bureau spokesman Dave Fitz told the Daily Caller he had no comment other than to acknowledge that on Nov. 19, the FBI "conducted court authorized law enforcement activity in the Union Bridge, Maryland area."
Cain informed the agent while he was at the door that he was a recognized protected whistleblower under the Intelligence Community Whistleblower Protection Act.
And he told the agent that Department Inspector General Michael Horowitz recognized his whistleblower status, the lawyer said.
Socarras said Cain further told the FBI agent the documents had been properly transmitted to the Senate and House Intelligence committees as permitted under the whistleblower act.
Horowitz had a member of his staff physically take the documents to the House and Senate Intelligence committees, Socarras said.
"For the bureau to show up at Mr. Cain's home suggesting that those same documents are stolen federal property, and then proceed to seize copies of the same documents after being told at the house door that he is a legally protected whistleblower who gave them to Congress, is an outrageous disregard of the law," the lawyer said.