Skip to comments.ANALYSIS: Does Schiff already know the Trump whistleblower's story?
Posted on 09/21/2019 12:52:37 PM PDT by ransomnote
Did House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff have the inside details about the Trump whistleblower two weeks ago?
Earlier this month, the California Democrat announced a wide-ranging investigation into allegations President Trump was trying to pressure Ukraines government into aiding his reelection campaign.
Schiff ordered the investigation on Sept. 9, hours before he received the first of two letters from the intelligence community inspector general revealing the existence of a whistleblower complaint. Multiple news outlets reported this week that the complaint involved, at least in part, a phone conversation between Trump and recently elected Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky.
Inspector General Michael K. Atkinson's letter didn't provide Schiff with the details, but some Republicans say they suspect Schiff knew them already and was orchestrating a headline-grabbing story from his perch on the intelligence panel.
Earlier on the day the Atkinson letter arrived, Schiff demanded the Trump administration turn over documents and correspondence related to Trumps alleged attempts to get Ukraine government officials to investigate Joe Biden and his son Hunter.
Included in his list was the transcript of Trump's July 25 call with Zelensky, which news reports say alarmed the whistleblower.
Schiff insisted to reporters Thursday that he doesnt know the details of the complaint and accused the president of trying to stifle whistleblower complaints" and blocking the information from reaching Congress.
Joseph Maguire, Trumps acting director of national intelligence, is restricting Atkinson from providing any details about the complaint, Schiff charged after he and other intelligence panel members met privately Thursday with Atkinson.
But news reports soon emerged saying it involved the call with Zelensky and matched Schiffs comments about the matter Sept. 9.
In a press release that day, Schiff announced an investigation by the intelligence, foreign affairs, and oversight panels into efforts by Trump and his attorney former New York City mayor Rudy Giuliani to get Ukraine government officials to turn over information about Joe Biden, the leading Democratic presidential candidate.
Trump and Giuliani have been seeking data on Bidens role, while he was vice president under Barack Obama, in pressuring the Ukraine government to fire a prosecutor targeting a Ukrainian gas company on whose board Bidens son Hunter served.
While his personal lawyer Rudy Giuliani pressures Ukraine to interfere in the 2020 campaign, Trump withholds vital aid Ukraine needs to defend against Russia, Schiff tweeted Sept. 9.
Schiffs representative did not respond to a request for a comment about the fact the Ukraine investigation was ordered the same day Atkinson sent the letter about the whistleblower complaint.
The congressman contends he does not know the identity of the whistleblower or the nature of the complaint and has threatened to take the Trump administration to court to win access to the information.
Schiffs announcement of the Ukraine investigation also followed a New York Times investigation into the matter.
In his Sept. 9 letter to White House counsel Pat Cipollone, Schiff demanded the Ukraine call transcript be turned over to the committee by Sept. 16, a deadline that passed without any cooperation from the White House.
Two days later, the first leaked whistleblower story appeared in the news.
There are no secrets in DC, just latency of information.
>>he does not know the identity of the whistleblower or the nature of the complaint and has threatened to take the Trump administration to court to win access to the information.<<
In other words, Schiff don’t know schiff.
Their little impeachment gig didnt go well on tv the other day, so bad they more than likely were backed into a corner........should we stay or should we go and how do we pull the plug on these hearings without recriminations? VOILA! Suddenly another magical impeachment cause appears out of nowhere, in time to justify their reality TV hearings.
They knew the dirty deals that the Biden family made with China and Ukraine would become a liability to Biden in his presidential campaign. So, they arranged a preemptive strike, accusing Pres. Trump of dealing on his office...the very thing Biden had actually done while Obamas V P.
They always play that dirty card with the nasty Democrat media only too happy to help them.
He knew there was nothing in the “collusion” crap and that didn’t stop him from asking for it....he’s stupid enough to think it’s still hay growing season and that the Dems can reap something from nothing.
Evidently, the Rats are willing to sacrifice Biden. Someone behind the scenes approved this (Broom Hilda?).
So...it was more than likely Pencilneck who leaked this to the media
Makes more sense now
“...President Trump was trying to pressure Ukraines government into aiding his reelection campaign.”
In other words, he encouraged the government of Ukraine to continue to try and expose massive Biden family corruption despite State and the MSM stonewalling their efforts to do so.
World leaders are starting to notice something remarkable about PDJT...he keeps his word.
Slow Joe may not be elected, and if he does what are the chances he’ll go back on a promises he made to get there?
Ukraine chose wisely.
Ballsy-Ford all over again.
Another made up story just like Russian collusion.
Wonder if Trump set them up to prove they are chasing anything to try and take him down.
Trump puts Crazy Glue on the grenades, and they never figure it out until after they pull the pin.
Demon cats at this point are completely laughable
I dont think they understand how much the Russian hoax that they lathered about for 2 1/2 years disappearing and coming to nothing has hurt their credibility
and that they really have none anymore , even with their voters
It’s not first hit on Biden from the left. A couple of months ago there was the short but intense media-led drive to label Biden “inappropriate with women.” (which of course he is and more) It failed to take him out but had some lasting affect on his poll numbers I’m sure.
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