Whistleblower went to Schiff’s committee first for ‘guidance’ before filing complaint

House Intelligence Chairman Adam Schiff reportedly received details about the whistleblower complaint against President Donald Trump’s phone call with the Ukrainian president days before it was even officially filed.

The New York Times is reporting that before the CIA officer filed his whistleblower complaint, a House Intelligence Committee aide was alerted to some of the details, which eventually found their way to Schiff.

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“Like other whistleblowers have done before and since under Republican and Democratic-controlled committees, the whistleblower contacted the committee for guidance on how to report possible wrongdoing within the jurisdiction of the intelligence community,” Patrick Boland, a spokesman for Mr. Schiff, said.

Boland said Schiff was only alerted to certain details and did not receive the full complaint in advance.

“At no point did the committee review or receive the complaint in advance,” he said.

Schiff has been at the center of this Ukraine controversy and not for good reason. He already earned the ire of Republican colleagues when he publicly pushed dialogue from the call that never actually happened. He then tried to defend the dishonest act as “parody.”

President Trump has repeatedly called for Schiff to resign from office.

“We don’t call him ‘Shifty Schiff’ for nothing,” the president told reporters on Wednesday. “He’s a shifty, dishonest guy.”

Schiff held a press conference with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi on Wednesday where he doubled down on his Ukraine conspiracy theories and said it was “hard to imagine a more corrupt course of conduct” from Trump over the phone call in question — again, the transcript has been released and this is all clearly a big nothing burger.

Trump live-tweeted the Schiff/Pelosi press conference and showed how displeased he is with Democrats at the moment.

The new report about the whistleblower complaint only adds weight to the theory that the report is politically biased. The whistleblower, who remains anonymous, relayed only second and thirdhand information in the report and even hired a legal team that includes a former intern of both Chuck Schumer and Hillary Clinton.

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