It seems the whistleblower law was conveniently changed one month before this happened to include heresy. Also John Brennan who was a key player resulting in the counter investigation sent out the following tweet:
"A reminder to federal officials:
There is no limit on the number of individuals who can use the whistleblower statute.
If you think you were involved in unlawful activity as a result of a directive from Mr. Trump or someone doing his bidding, now is the time to report it."https://mobile.twitter.com/johnbrennan/ ... 9254872064
Bzzt. Wrong. The whistleblower form already allowed second hand information. What changed on the form Was that they combined external and internal second hand info boxes into a single second hand info box. https://www.thedailybeast.com/gop-shows ... ower-smear
Not exactly. In fact lawmakers from both houses wrote a letter to the ICIG yesterday demanding answers regarding the secret and convenient changes made to the form and he is to report back by Thursday.
“"Based on the language on [the May 24, 2018] form, it appears that the requirement for first-hand information has been an ICIG policy regardless of how a whistleblower makes an urgent concern report,” they wrote. “Curiously the urgent disclosure form that now appears on the Office of the Director of National Intelligence website has recently changed and no longer contains this explicit first-hand information requirement.”...
“[T]he timing of the removal of the first-hand information requirement raises questions about potential connections to this whistleblower’s complaint,” the lawmakers continued. “This timing, along with numerous apparent leaks of classified information about the contents of this complaint, also raise questions about potential criminality in the handling of these matters."...
“Why did the IC IG intially require first-hand information in its May 2018 disclosure form?” the senators asked. “Why did the IC IG remove the requirement for first-hand information?”
“Please list all personnel who were involved in and approved both the May 2018 form and August 2019 versions of the form,” they wrote. “Please provide all records discussing the creation of the May 2018 form as well as the change in reporting standards found on the August 2019 form.”"https://thefederalist.com/2019/09/30/to ... wer-rules/