Whistleblower Protections for Classified Disclosures

Headnotes: 

A Senate bill addressing the disclosure to Congress of classified “whistleblower” information concerning the intelligence community is unconstitutional because it would deprive the President of the opportunity to determine how, when and under what circumstances certain classified information should be disclosed to Members of Congress.

A House bill addressing the same subject is constitutional because it contains provisions that allow for the exercise of the President’s constitutional authority.

Updated July 9, 2014