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A group of veteran investigators, attorneys, and law enforcement leaders on Friday launched a new nonpartisan, nonprofit watchdog dedicated to strengthening public integrity and aiding “patriotic whistleblowers” across the county.
The Empower Oversight Whistleblowers & Research (EMPOWR) group will be led by Jason Foster, the former chief investigative counsel for the Senate Judiciary Committee under Sen. Charles Grassley, R-Iowa, long regarded as one of Congress’ most dedicated champions and protectors of whistleblowers.
Foster led some of the Senate’s most high-profile whistleblower probes, including the Fast and Furious scandal that exposed how the Obama administration’s Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives had allowed assault weapons and other guns to “walk” across the border to Mexico to drug gangs as part of a flawed sting operation.
Foster told Just the News that his aim was to “help people not only shine sunlight on wrongdoing, but demand that authorities take action to fix the problems.”
“After all, that’s the reason whistleblower protections exist. The point is to make sure that people are free to tell the truth without fear of retaliation so that that the American people are armed with the information necessary to govern themselves and hold the powerful to account,” he said.
Foster has assembled a team of veteran lawyers, investigators and former whistleblowers inside EMPOWR, including:
The group says it plans to: