How does the US whistleblower protection law work?

September 27, 2019

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Acting Director of National Intelligence Joseph Maguire arrives to testify on Sept. 26, 2019, before a House Intelligence Committee hearing on the handling of the whistleblower complaint about President Donald Trump.

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