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Lawmakers question whether key CIA nominee misled Congress

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WASHINGTON (AP) — Two former CIA employees are accusing the Trump administration's choice for CIA watchdog of being less than candid when he told Congress he didn't know about any active whistleblower complaints against him.

Members of the Senate Intelligence Committee asked the CIA's acting inspector general about complaints he and other managers retaliated against employees who alerted Congress and other authorities about alleged misconduct in the office.

Christopher Sharpley said he wasn't aware of any open investigations against him.

The CIA is defending his nomination, which the committee is still considering.

Two senators — Republican Chuck Grassley of Iowa and Democrat Ron Wyden of Oregon — say they find it hard to believe Sharpley didn't know.

They say the Homeland Security Department's watchdog has asked to interview Sharpley about one open complaint.

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