FBI whistleblower calls House GOP ‘soulless demons’ after voting to give the agency a new $300 million HQ
John Kostelnik, a former whistleblower in the Department of Housing and Urban Development’s Office of Inspector General, called House Republicans “soulless demons” after they voted this week to spend $300 million on a new office complex for the U.S. Office of Special Counsel.
His comments came in response to the Republican-controlled House of Representatives approving the $310 million funding increase for OSC, which investigates claims of whistleblower retaliation in the federal government, despite objections from Democratic members.
Kostelnik said in a statement, “I want to thank everyone who voted for the additional $310 million to the US Office of Special Counsel, especially the Republicans who voted yes, despite the numerous objections from the Democrats. Instead of bully tactics and criticism, it’s time for the U.S. government to recognize and reward the courage of whistleblowers, particularly those in government. Your vote is a sign to current and would-be whistleblowers that they can make a difference in our government without fear of retaliatory punishment.”
He added, “All too often, when we finally get the courage to speak out, our government is more likely to punish us than to thank us and advance our cause. We need to send a message that these soulless demons who seek revenge on innocent government oversight will not be tolerated, let alone rewarded.”