In Their Own Words

Lincoln

— “If you really look at things, all I’ve done is stand still.  It’s the world that moving around me.  And that’s seen as some radical act.”

Walter M. Shaub Jr., director of the Office of Government Ethics.

— “The verdict affirmed that the City Council’s decision to terminate the council deputy program was motivated by a desire to improve and reduce the cost of the city’s delivery of services to the community and not to retaliate.”

West Hollywood Mayor John Heilman’s statement following a jury verdict in the city’s favor in a whistleblower retaliation case.

— “They clearly imply that the Kushners are going to make sure you get your visa.”

Richard Painter, former White House ethics lawyer under President George W. Bush commenting on the presentation by Nicole Kushner Meyer, Jared Kushner’s sister, to Chinese investors regarding investment in Kushner companies.

— “If your baby is going to die, and it doesn’t have to, it shouldn’t matter how much money you make.”

Jimmy Kimmel revealed on Monday’s show that his wife had given birth to a son, who, within hours of delivery, was found to have severe heart defects. He needed emergency surgery, leading to a torturous series of events — then, ultimately, a happy ending. NY Times

— “I don’t understand how one independent third party — the Labor Department — can conclude that there was retaliation, and another one just ignores it.”

Michael J. Lutz commenting on the disparity between the favorable decision on retaliation he received from the Department of Labor and the inaction of the SEC on his whistleblower claims.

— “I made a mistake.”

Barclays chief Jes Staley has admitted he “made a mistake” after his attempts to unearth the identity of a whistleblower resulted in regulatory investigation. Click here for more.

—  “[A]cts of courage and patriotism [by whistleblowers], which can sometimes save lives and often save taxpayer dollars, should be encouraged rather than stifled.”

Barack Obama

— “Whistleblowers are critical to uncovering wrongdoing in government. However, the old process for reporting waste, fraud or abuse at the FBI was vague, confusing and left whistleblowers with conflicting instructions for how to properly make disclosures without fear of reprisals . . .The FBI has had months to update its policies. Its failure to do so suggests a serious gap between rhetoric and reality on whistleblower protection at the FBI.”

Senator Charles Grassley in a letter to FBI Director James Comey on the need to update the FBI whistleblower protection guidance.

— “I mistakenly used an inappropriate and insensitive reference to the Holocaust for which, frankly, there is no comparison.  And for that, I apologize.  It was a mistake to do that.”

Sean Spicer, apologizing for his statement that Hitler, unlike Assad, did not use chemical weapons to kill innocent civilians.

— “I have apologized to the Barclays board, and accepted its conclusion that my personal actions in this matter were errors on my part.”

CEO of Barclays Jes Staley commenting on his attempt to uncover the identity of a whistleblower within the company.