A stunning revelation Wednesday could spell the end of Rep. Adam Schiff, D-Calif., and the House Democrats’ impeachment efforts against President Donald Trump.
According to The New York Times, the anonymous whistleblower behind the now-infamous Ukrainian complaint wasn’t completely honest in his report.
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The whistleblower coordinated with top Democrats before filing the official complaint.
“Before going to Congress, the C.I.A. officer had a colleague convey his accusations to the agency’s top lawyer,” The Times reported Wednesday. “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.”
Schiff’s office has denied any wrongdoing and said they were only following normal legal procedures.
However, the whistleblower did not go to any Republican lawmaker on the committee, the report noted. He only went to Schiff’s office.
Schiff’s staffer connected the whistleblower to a Democrat-friendly lawyer. He received advice from Schiff’s office on how to file the complaint so it would get the largest impact.
The aide also relayed the information the whistleblower shared directly to Schiff.
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By the time the complaint was officially filed, Schiff and his Democratic allies already knew it was coming — and they acted on it.
Two weeks before sharing the so-called “urgent concern” with the public, Schiff was sharing the information the contents of the complaint before it was made public (or shared with the Republican House Intelligence Committee members) —
Trump is withholding vital military aid to Ukraine, while his personal lawyer seeks help from the Ukraine government to investigate his political opponent.
It doesn’t take a stable genius to see the magnitude of this conflict.
Or how destructive it is to our national security. https://t.co/X4yhTS2q1Z
— Adam Schiff (@RepAdamSchiff) August 29, 2019
“Big stuff. That’s a big story,” Trump said about The Times report during a press conference in the East Room.
“[Schiff] knew long before and helped write it, too,” the president claimed. “It’s a scam!”
Legal experts say this may be big trouble for the whistleblower — and Schiff.
Complaints filed to the Intelligence Community Inspector General (ICIG) are legally protected. However, sharing classified information with Congressional staffers is illegal.
“The law does not provide any protections to employees or contractors who bypass the process required by law and go directly to Congress, nor does it provide any avenue to disclose classified information to Congress without first going through the ICIG,” The Federalist reported. “If the complainant or a colleague leaked classified information to Schiff or his committee, those individuals could be subject to criminal liability for illegal and unauthorized disclosure of classified information.”
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