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.
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.
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)
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.