As President Donald J. Trump joined Finland President Sauli Niinistö for a joint press conference this afternoon, he was handed a breaking news article published by The New York Times. The story is damning for House Democrats: Impeachment czar and Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff (D-CA) knew about the “whistleblower’s” complaint against President Trump before he or she made it.
President Trump: Schiff’s account to Congress was a total fabrication.
“The federal intelligence community whistleblower law explicitly states intelligence community whistleblowers must formally go through the ICIG [Inspector General of the Intelligence Community] *before* contacting Congress,” Federalist cofounder Sean Davis writes on Twitter.
Rep. Devin Nunes (R-CA) adds that Rep. Schiff “withheld this info from the American people” and even from the House Intelligence Committee. “In light of this news, it’s hard to view impeachment as anything aside from an orchestrated farce.”
Legitimate whistleblowers do this country an important service, President Trump says. But when these laws are exploited for raw partisan politics, it makes a mockery of the entire process. The damage being done to public trust in government is enormous.