In Their Own Words

Lincoln

— “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.

— “If I don’t win, and even if I do win, we want to open— my kids will open it up again, because it was a terrific school. It was great. It was good.”

President Trump, commenting on his intention to revive Trump University, regardless of the outcome of the multiple fraud lawsuits against it.  The cases settled in November and the settlement was approved March 31, 2017.  Click here for more.

— “Whether the White House’s desire to avoid a public claim of executive privilege to keep [Sally Yates] from providing the full truth on what happened contributed to the decision to cancel [yesterday’s] hearing, we do not know.  But we would urge that the open hearing be rescheduled without delay and that Ms. Yates be permitted to testify freely and openly.’’

Rep. Adam B. Schiff, the ranking Democrat on the House Intelligence Committee, discussing Chairman Devin Nunes’s abrupt cancellation of scheduled hearings to investigate the Trump administration’s alleged ties to Russia.

— “Being honest and doing my job makes me crazy?” “That’s crazy!”

Brazilian whistleblower Daniel Gouveia Teixeira responding to comments his friends made to him when he decided to take on the meat production industry for its alleged health violations.

— “It was a very devastating experience for me to be terminated after having 34 years of a successful career.  It caused a lot of hardship, mentally, emotionally, financially. . . . That was very traumatic for me and quite a shock.”

Sandra Black, the whistleblower who reported violations at Savannah River Nuclear Solutions, commenting on her battle to bring the truth to light.  She was eventually vindicated, winning reinstatement, damages and back pay.  Click here for more.

–“If people are concerned by business practices that they think are wrong, they can help put things right…Information can contribute to the success of our investigations quickly and more efficiently to the benefit of consumers and the EU’s economy as a whole”

EU Competition Commissioner Margrethe Vestager commenting on the EU’s new anonymous whistleblower tool to report antitrust violations.  Click here for more.