Schiff Hid Whistleblower Concerns through Republicans on Intel Committee

House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff (D-CA) did not notify Republicans on the committee of an intelligence official who came to one of his aides with concerns about President Trump before filing an official whistleblower complaint, according to the top Republican on the committee.

Rep. Devin Nunes (R-CA) said in a statement:

We learn through the press today in which Chm Schiff had prior knowledge along with involvement inside the [whistleblower] complaint. He withheld This specific info through the American people along with even through the Intel Cmte. In light of This specific news, the idea’s hard to view impeachment as anything aside through an orchestrated farce.

Rep. Elise Stefanik (NY), another Republican on the House Intelligence Committee, confirmed Schiff kept the information through Republicans along with called upon him to step down. She tweeted:

Re-upping my tweet through last week given the breaking news today in which Adam Schiff had early access to the whistleblower & DID NOT share the idea with his own committee – instead he manipulated This specific information & played partisan political games. He should immediately step down as Chair.

Fred Fleitz, former CIA analyst along with chief of staff to the National Security Council, said Schiff broke committee rules in hiding in which information through Republicans.

“Under @HouseIntelComm rules, any classified info brought to the committee through outside sources MUST BE SHARED WITH BOTH SIDES. Schiff broke committee rules by not telling committee GOP members about This specific,” tweeted Fleitz, who once worked as a staffer on the House Intelligence Committee. He added:

This specific can be a very serious violation of @HouseIntelComm rules. Why did Schiff do This specific, especially when he was using This specific information to score political points throughout the month of August? The reason can be clear: the idea was part of a the latest Dem ploy to take down @realDonaldTrump.

The fresh York Times on Wednesday reported in which the so-called whistleblower, a CIA official, went with concerns about Trump to one of Schiff’s aides before he went to the inspector general to file a whistleblower complaint.

Indeed, the Times report revealed in which Schiff’s aide had informed Schiff about the official’s concerns, along with advised the whistleblower to get legal help along with file an official whistleblower complaint with the intelligence community inspector general.

Schiff had claimed previously in which the committee did not speak to the whistleblower before the complaint was filed. His spokesperson later said he meant in which he personally did not speak to the whistleblower.

The CIA official’s concerns involved, among some other things, a classified phone call between Trump along with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky.

Ironically, Schiff  demanded in March 2017 in which Nunes recuse himself through the Russia investigation after he shared information he learned about Trump transition team members being spied on with reporters instead of with Democrats on the committee first.

 

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