House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff (D-CA) has leveled countless accusations against President Donald Trump over the past three years, and has repeatedly asserted that any attempt by the Trump administration to defend against those accusations is evidence of obstruction of justice.
But Schiff’s logic was just flipped right back on him by his counterpart on the Intelligence panel. Fox News reports that Intel Committee ranking member Devin Nunes (R-CA) blasted Schiff in a social media post for purposefully withholding information from other committee members and lying to the public about the so-called “whistleblower” complaint.
An “orchestrated farce”
Reports on Wednesday revealed what was later confirmed by Schiff’s office: the so-called “whistleblower” made contact with Schiff’s office prior to formally filing a complaint with the intelligence community inspector general (ICIG) about Trump’s now-infamous July phone call with the Ukrainian president.
That tidbit of information was a massive bombshell in light of the fact that Schiff had stated previously in TV interviews that his office had “not spoken directly with the whistleblower.”
In response to the news, Nunes accused Schiff of deliberately withholding incredibly important information from his colleagues and essentially lying to the American people. He tweeted Wednesday:
We learn from the press today that Chm Schiff had prior knowledge and involvement in the WB complaint. He withheld this info from the American people and even from the Intel Cmte. In light of this news, it’s hard to view impeachment as anything aside from an orchestrated farce.
— Rep. Devin Nunes (@RepDevinNunes) October 2, 2019
Excuses and semantics
According to Fox, Schiff’s office is now doing damage control, suggesting that Schiff’s use of the pronoun “we” in relation to contact with the “whistleblower” only applied to himself and other committee members — not the staffers working for those committee members.
“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,” Patrick Boland, spokesman for Schiff and the committee, told Fox.
“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,” Boland added. “At no point did the Committee review or receive the complaint in advance.”
The tables have turned
But that statement only seems to compound Schiff’s dishonesty. There’s no question that the committee didn’t receive the complaint until just recently, but that is beside the point — the allegation is that the “whistleblower” met with Schiff’s office before the complaint was even filed.
Using Schiff’s own anti-Trump logic against him, he should be charged with obstruction of justice in light of his refusal to disclose pertinent information that others were seeking, not to mention his vocal defense of his alleged wrongdoing.
Indeed, the tables have turned on Schiff and the Democrats. Their Ukraine ploy to gin up support for impeachment is already crumbling and will soon fail as it is fully exposed for the coordinated partisan-hack hit job it increasingly appears to have been from the very start.