Friday, October 04, 2019
On Sept. 17, a week before the whistleblower's complaint was made public, Schiff was asked if he had heard from the whistleblower and if he wanted to. "We have not spoken directly with the whistleblower," Schiff said. "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, and so the risk for the whistleblower is retaliation."
The New York Times revealed that Schiff, the committee chairman, had indeed learned about the outlines of the whistleblower's concerns days in advance. While it was not publicly known that Schiff's committee had communicated with the whistleblower ahead of the complaint's filing, Schiff knew the truth. When given the chance to say that the whistleblower had reached out to a committee aide, he did not.
WashPo gave Schiff 4 Pinocchios and Politifact rated it False.
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