Schiff Busted Lying

PUBLISHED: 1:00 PM 3 Oct 2019
UPDATED: 5:28 PM 3 Oct 2019

Schiff Knew About Whistleblower Before Complaint Filed, Lied About It

Adam Schiff was busted lying again yesterday after a report showed that his staff spoke to the whistleblower before the complaint was even filed.

The whole things stinks of a set up, from the lies about speaking to the whistleblower, to the changing of the 'rules' involved for whistleblowers.

Adam Schiff has been caught in another lie, this time about the so-called ‘whistleblower’ who delivered second and third-hand information about a call between President Trump and President Zelensky of the Ukraine.

The New York Times exposed the falsehood, and the revelation has spurred even more disgust with the apparent impeachment set-up.

Breitbart News reported on a flashback when Schiff directly claimed that he had not spoken to the ‘whistleblower’:

House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff (D-CA) previously claimed his panel had “not spoken directly” with a federal bureaucrat alleging wrongdoing by President Donald Trump regarding Ukraine — yet a Wednesday report reveals he received an early account of the allegations from a committee staffer who spoke to the so-called “whistleblower.”

The New York Times revealed the ”whistleblower” — who the paper has said is a CIA officer — initially directed a colleague to discuss his allegations with the agency’s top lawyer. Shortly after, the Deep Stater contacted a House Intelligence panel aide to convey secondhand details of the Trump-Zelensky call in which the world leaders discussed U.S. military aid and the business dealings of Hunter Biden, the son of former Vice President and 2020 White House candidate Joe Biden.

According to the Times, the staffer some of the officer’s concerns with Schiff but did not reveal his identity.

🚨 FLASHBACK 🚨

Schiff claimed: “We have not spoken directly with the Whistleblower” pic.twitter.com/czqCvE3hSF

— Benny (@bennyjohnson) October 2, 2019

All this purportedly happened before the complaint was filed on August 12. However, in what appears to be a direct contradiction of the Times report, Schiff told MSNBC’s Morning Joe on September 17: “We have not spoken directly with the whistleblower.”

“We would like to,” he continued. “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.

In a statement, a spokesperson for Schiff attempted to downplay the Times’ revelations, saying it is common practice for whistleblowers to consult Congress as to how to proceed with a complaint.

“This is a regular occurrence, given the Committee’s unique oversight role and responsibilities. Consistent with the Committee’s longstanding procedures, Committee staff appropriately advised the whistleblower to contact an Inspector General and to seek legal counsel,” Patrick Boland, Schiff’s spokesman said. “[A]t no point did the Committee review or receive the complaint in advance… The Committee did not receive the complaint until the night before the Acting Director of National Intelligence’s open hearing before the Committee.”

Schiff’s own verified social media account seemingly confirmed the Times report Wednesday afternoon, writing that “staff” are supposed to give “guidance” to federal employees seeking to file complaints.

When a whistleblower seeks guidance, staff advises them to get counsel and go to an IG.

That’s what they’re supposed to do.

Unlike a president pressing a foreign leader to dig up dirt on a political opponent.

That’s not what a president is supposed to do.

And we all know it. https://t.co/dzVAFGpMen

— Adam Schiff (@RepAdamSchiff) October 2, 2019

Later Wednesday, President Trump responded to the Times‘ report revealing Schiff had advanced knowledge of the so-called “whistleblower” complaint, saying it shows the California Democrat is a “fraud.”

“I think it’s a scandal that he knew before. I would go a step further: I think he probably helped write it,” said the president.

“That whistleblower, there’s no question in my mind that some bad things have gone on and I think we’ll get to the bottom of it,” he added.

In another article, Breitbart outlined the transcript of Schiff telling MSNBC’s Morning Joe on Sep. 17:

SAM STEIN: Hey, Congressman, a couple questions here on this whistleblower front. First off, have you heard from the whistleblower? Are you — do you want to hear from the whistleblower? What protections could you provide to the whistleblower? And then you also said that the DNI’s refusing to turn over the stuff, citing a request from a higher authority. The insinuation left at least for me and others was that the president himself had intervened. Is that the insinuation you sought to provide and, if so, what basis do you have for making that insinuation?

REP. ADAM SCHIFF: 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. So the risk for the whistleblower is retaliation. Will the whistleblower be protected under the statute if the offices that are supposed to come to his assistance and provide the mechanism are unwilling do so. But, yes, we would love to talk directly with the whistleblower.

FLASHBACK

Schiff claimed: “We have not spoken directly with the Whistleblower” pic.twitter.com/czqCvE3hSF

— Benny (@bennyjohnson) October 2, 2019

A spokesman for Schiff denied any wrongdoing on the chairman’s behalf in speaking to the Times.

“Like other whistle-blowers have done before and since under Republican and Democratic-controlled committees, the whistle-blower contacted the committee for guidance on how to report possible wrongdoing within the jurisdiction of the intelligence community,” Schiff spokesman Patrick Boland told the Times.

Boland claimed that Schiff did not view the entire complaint prior to its release:

“At no point did the committee review or receive the complaint in advance,” he said. He said the committee received the complaint the night before releasing it publicly last week and noted that came three weeks after the administration was legally mandated to turn it over to Congress. The director of national intelligence, Joseph Maguire, acting on the advice of his top lawyer and the Justice Department, had blocked Mr. Atkinson from turning over the complaint sooner.

Despite no evidence of wrongdoing by Trump, House Democrats leapt, using the complaint and transcript as a catalyst for an impeachment inquiry.