There was already reason to be skeptical of the whistleblower complaint against Trump because it’s a second hand account, and because the rules for submitting a whistleblower complaint were lowered right before this one was submitted. Why couldn’t these U.S. officials who heard Trump’s call firsthand (and there were multiple) simply submit a complaint themselves? Why the need to launder the information through an intermediary? Surely the answer to those questions isn’t good news for Schiff and his cabal.
Even liberals are catching him in lies now.
Schiff said on MSNBC’s Morning Joe during an interview on September 17that that “We have not spoken directly with the whistleblower. We would like to. But I am 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 how he is supposed to communicate with Congress, and so the risk to the whistleblower is retaliation.”
He also said on the 19th that “we might not have even known there was a whistleblower complaint alleging an urgent concern” if the inspector general hadn’t contacted the House Intelligence Committee.
But both those claims are nonsense.
As the Washington Post’s Glenn Kessler noted regarding the September 17th comment:
The spokesman pointed to an interview with Schiff by the Daily Beast, in which he said that he “did not know definitively at the time if the complaint had been authored by the same whistleblower who had approached his staff.” But he added that he “should have been much more clear.”
Of the September 19th comment:
As a result, Kessler gave Schiff’s comments “Four Pinocchios,” their fact checkers worst rating.
Before this whistleblower complaint was made public it’s a strong possibility that Schiff had leaked information to the media from it, as evidenced by his tweets in early August paying keen attention to Ukraine out of the blue.
Trump is withholding vital military aid to Ukraine, while his personal lawyer seeks help from the Ukraine government to investigate his political opponent.
It doesn’t take a stable genius to see the magnitude of this conflict.
Or how destructive it is to our national security. https://t.co/X4yhTS2q1Z
— Adam Schiff (@RepAdamSchiff) August 29, 2019
Russia was kicked out of the G8 because they invaded and annexed part of Ukraine.
Then Russia attacked US elections. They used chemical weapons in the UK.
Now Trump wants to let them back in.
Why reward their behavior?
Sometimes the simplest answer is the right one:
— Adam Schiff (@RepAdamSchiff) August 22, 2019
Schiff’s alleged leaks here are reminiscent of Christopher Steele’s dossier, parts of which were leaked to the media before the dossier was made public, which was then used as “proof” of those prior claims when it was really circular reasoning at work.
A new question now remains – is there anything that Schiff has been truthful about?