NY Times: Schiff's Office Met Whistleblower Before Report Was Even Filed

Eric Scheiner | October 2, 2019

According to new reports, the staff of Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA), met with the whistleblower making allegations that President Trump abused his power before the report was even filed.

The whistleblower told Rep. Schiff’s staff about his complaint about President Trump's phone conversation with the Ukrainian President before he even filed the report against President Trump, The New York Times reported.

From the New York Times:

The early account by the future whistle-blower shows how determined he was to make known his allegations that Mr. Trump asked Ukraine’s government to interfere on his behalf in the 2020 election. It also explains how Mr. Schiff knew to press for the complaint when the Trump administration initially blocked lawmakers from seeing it.

The C.I.A. officer approached a House Intelligence Committee aide with his concerns about Mr. Trump only after he had had a colleague first convey them to the C.I.A.’s top lawyer. Concerned about how that initial avenue for airing his allegations through the C.I.A. was unfolding, the officer then approached the House aide. In both cases, the original accusation was vague.

The House staff member, following the committee’s procedures, suggested the officer find a lawyer to advise him and file a whistle-blower complaint. The aide shared some of what the officer conveyed to Mr. Schiff. The aide did not share the whistle-blower’s identity with Mr. Schiff, an official said.

In a Sept. 17th interview on MSNBC Schiff was asked if he had heard from the whistleblower, he did not mention the previous contact with his staff.

"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," Schiff said.

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