Caught Red Handed: Schiff Had Knowledge of Whistleblower Before Complaint Was Filed
The press may be focusing on President Trump’s comments on Wednesday but, the real news is Rep. Adam Schiff was aware of the “whistleblower” before the complaint was filed and may have even coached him.
According to reports, the CIA agent detailed his accusations to the “top lawyer” at the CIA. My guess is he didn’t get an answer he liked and took his complaint to a House Intelligence Committee aide who informed Schiff, and who is now leading the Democrats on the impeachment inquiry.
The New York Times broke the story on Wednesday:
Before going to Congress, the C.I.A. officer had a colleague convey his accusations to the agency’s top lawyer. Concerned about how that avenue for airing his allegations was unfolding, the officer then approached a House Intelligence Committee aide, alerting him to the accusation against Mr. Trump. In both cases, the original accusation was vague.
The House staff member, following the committee’s procedures, suggested the officer find a lawyer to advise him and file a whistle-blower complaint. The aide shared some of what the officer conveyed to Mr. Schiff. The aide did not share the whistle-blower’s identity with Mr. Schiff or anyone else, an official said.
The Times reported that the “whistleblower” finally brought the complaint to Michael Atkinson who is the inspector general for the intelligence community, as he was coached by Schiff’s aide to do. This, in turn, gave the “whistleblower” more protection from being identified or reprisal. Now here’s the real key with his whistleblower protections he is legally allowed to report classified information to congress.
While House Intelligence Committee members are allowed to receive classified whistle-blower complaints, they are not allowed to make such complaints public, according to a former official. A complaint forwarded to the committee by the inspector general gives it more latitude over what it can publicize.
By the time the whistle-blower filed his complaint, Mr. Schiff and his staff knew at least vaguely what it contained.
Interestingly enough on September 17th during a TV appearance on MSNBC Schiff lied saying, “We have not spoken directly with the whistleblower. We would like to. But I’m sure the whistleblower has concerns that he has not been advised, as the law requires, by the Inspector General or the Director of National Intelligence just as to how he is to communicate with Congress.”
Liar, Liar Mr. Schiff…
🚨 FLASHBACK 🚨
Schiff claimed: “We have not spoken directly with the Whistleblower” pic.twitter.com/czqCvE3hSF
— Benny (@bennyjohnson) October 2, 2019
Before Wednesday was said and done Schiff’s team admitted they mislead the press:
House Intel committee official on Chairman Schiff’s earlier comments to me that he had not talked to the whistleblower: “The Chairman could have been more clear – he was referring to the Committee officially interviewing the whistleblower, and himself personally.”
— Sam Stein (@samstein) October 2, 2019
To put this in context:
• Schiff got a heads up from the Whistleblower before he filed his complaint
• Schiff sent a staffer to Ukraine on a trip paid for by a Think Tank funded by Burisma and George Soros
• Schiff purposely misquoted the Ukraine Call before Congress
No wonder why the Democrats are trying to move the goalposts their whole scheme is falling apart. Rep. Adam Schiff has orchestrated this from the beginning.