[Congressional Record Volume 164, Number 130 (Wednesday, August 1, 2018)]
[Page S5575]


  Mr. WYDEN. Mr. President, I am lifting my hold on the nomination of 
Mr. Jason Klitenic to be General Counsel of the Office of Director of 
National Intelligence. Senator Grassley and I have received a response 
to our March 6, 2018, letter regarding the Intelligence Community 
Office of Inspector General, OIG, and the termination of its Executive 
Director of Intelligence Community Whistleblowing and Source 
Protection, ``Executive Director.'' In addition, I have been provided 
access to documents related to the Executive Director's termination. I 
remain concerned about the circumstances surrounding that termination 
and look forward to reviewing them further, even as I work with my 
colleagues to strengthen protection for intelligence community 
whistleblowers. My hold on the nomination of Mr. Klitenic was based on 
these concerns and not on the qualifications of the nominee.