He couldn’t hide it…
According to the New York Times, Adam Schiff learned of claims that Donald Trump had abused his authority in office before the whistleblower’s complaint was filed.
According to the NYT, the whistleblower, a CIA agent, had a colleague take the accusations to an agency lawyer before heading to Congress with the complaint. The officer then spoke to an assistant of the House Intelligence Committee and informed the individual of the charges. After the complaint was released, the House of Representatives initiated an official impeachment investigation into Trump Sept. 24.
The aide then introduced the issue to Schiff, president of the House Intelligence Committee, but did not discuss the identity of the whistleblower with the California legislator, an officer said. Before it was filed, Schiff did not come forward to know information about the complaint of the whistleblower.
“We don’t call him shifty Schiff for nothing,” Trump said Wednesday, the NYT reported. “He’s a shifty dishonest guy.”
Schiff’s aide followed procedure regarding the accusations brought forward by the CIA officer, according to Patrick Boland, a spokesman for Schiff. They referred the whistleblower to Michael Atkinson, the inspector general for the intelligence community, who then told him to get legal counsel, the NYT reported.
“At no point did the committee review or receive the complaint in advance,” Boland said according to the NYT.
The committee only received the complaint the night before it was publicly released, Boland said. It came three weeks after the administration had to turn it over to Congress because Joseph Maguire, the acting Director of National Intelligence, blocked Atkinson from releasing it before then.
The whistleblower complaint accused Trump of asking Ukrainian officials to look into former Vice President Joe Biden and his son, Hunter. The complaint is largely based on a July 25 phone call between the two leaders. Both the complaint and a transcript of the phone call have been released publicly.