House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff (D-CA) has been caught in yet another lie.
A new report from The New York Times has revealed that Schiff had contact with the whistleblower before his complaint against President Donald Trump was filed — something the congressman denied several weeks ago, according to The Washington Examiner.
Now, some are wondering if the whistleblower violated federal law by sharing his complaint with Congress before the inspector general (IG). Could criminal charges be brewing?
He’s full of Schiff
In mid-September, Schiff claimed he had no knowledge of the complaint until after it was filed. “We have not spoken directly with the whistleblower,” Schiff asserted in an interview.
That, however, was a complete lie. The Times reports that Schiff’s staffers on the Intelligence panel did have contact with the whistleblower prior to the complaint being filed.
“Like other whistleblowers have done before and since under Republican and Democratic-controlled committees, the whistleblower contacted the committee for guidance on how to report possible wrongdoing within the jurisdiction of the intelligence community,” Intelligence Committee spokesman Patrick Boland said.
But Schiff’s early contact with the whistleblower is a direct violation of the law, according to The Federalist’s Sean Davis.
The federal intelligence community whistleblower law explicitly states intelligence community whistleblowers must formally go through the ICIG *before* contacting Congress. In fact, those very procedures are cited in the document you screenshat. https://t.co/TCyUZ6Gp0Q pic.twitter.com/UiClBGi8Dh
— Sean Davis (@seanmdav) October 2, 2019
Had Schiff been straight about the contact from the outset, the situation would have been completely different. Perhaps the whistleblower himself was unfamiliar with the law, which is perfectly understandable.
What is not understandable is the congressman’s choice to blatantly lie about what he did. And if he lied about the initial contact, what else is he lying about regarding this complaint? Did Schiff’s office help construct it?
Right now, Schiff’s office is in deflection mode, trying to flip the script on Trump. But as you have seen, there is documented proof that Schiff lied. And after seeing the evidence, President Trump said “it shows that Schiff is a fraud.”
On that assertation, Trump could not be more right.