Fred Fleitz, former National Security Council chief of staff and CIA analyst, charged that House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif, and Rep. Adam Schiff, D-Calif., chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, colluded on the whistleblower complaint to “gin up this impeachment effort.”
Before it was reported this week that the whistleblower, reportedly a CIA officer and a registered Democrat, had been in contact with Schiff’s committee staff before filing his complaint, Fleitz contended that Schiff had advance knowledge of the complaint.
The former deputy assistant to President Trump appeared on Fox News’ “Lou Dobbs Tonight” to discuss the case
“It was pretty apparent that something was wrong when I saw this whistleblowing complaint. It was just too perfect,” Fleitz said. “The legal references is not the way an intelligence analyst would write.”
Having previously served on the staff of the House Intelligence Committee, he said: “a lot of whistleblowers come right to the committee.”
“They are not supposed to, but it happens all the time,” Fleitz said. “Now committee members are admitting this happened, a few weeks ago they wouldn’t talk about this.”
Host Lou Dobbs chimed in to point out that Schiff had denied this, as they agreed it does happen all the time.
“But Schiff didn’t tell the Republican members about that,” Fleitz explained. “By the rules, he’s supposed to.”
It was at this point that the former CIA analyst suggested that Schiff and Pelosi were working together.
“Each side is supposed to share classified information that is received by the committee with the other side,” he continued. “But even worse it is pretty clear that this was shared with Speaker Pelosi because on the 30th of September she said on “60 Minutes” she knew what was in the transcript before the White House released it. This suggests to me that Schiff and Pelosi have been working together to gin up this impeachment effort for a long time.”
Being prompted by Dobbs, Fleitz repeated his assessment of the complaint, going so far as to suggest that “Schiff’s attorneys were heavily involved in drafting it.”
“I’ve seen some whistleblower complaints in my day with the CIA and the House Intelligence Committee,” he said. “I’ve never seen one this perfect. I’ve never seen one that appeared to be written not just by a lawyer, but written by a law firm or a team of lawyers.”
Dobbs chimed in to say it could have also been staff on the Intelligence committee.
“I think that’s what happened,” Fleitz said. “Schiff’s attorneys were heavily involved in drafting this complaint.”
While he stopped short of calling it a coup, Kayleigh McEnany, press secretary for the Trump 2020 presidential campaign, appeared in a later segment of the show to call it just that.
“You call it what it is,” she told Dobbs. “It’s a coup against the sitting, duly-elected president of the United States. We have exposed that. We put out ads to that effect. I sat here and talked to you before about how the Democrats have one goal: take down President Trump. They don’t care about facts or truth.”
When Fleitz appeared on CNN, he told anchor Chris Cuomo: “When I saw this one, I thought it was very unusual, not just that it was extremely well written, but it had legal references and footnotes. That was a little bit unusual, but I compared that with the fact that Adam Schiff was talking about the subject matter of this complaint throughout the month of August. He posted a tweet at the end of August that almost identically reflected this complaint.”
This prompted Cuomo to push back hard, telling Fleitz, “You don’t know any of that.”
Taking to Twitter, Fleitz had the final say, telling Cuomo he was “pretty hard” on him for saying Schiff knew about the CIA whistleblower in advance.
“We now know from the NYT that I was right,” he concluded. “Apology not necessary.”
You were pretty hard on me last night on @CNN last night @ChrisCuomo when I told you that I assessed @RepAdamSchiff probably knew about the CIA whistleblower in advance. We now know from the NYT that I was right. Apology not necessary. @realDonaldTrump pic.twitter.com/4mui9BCvFz
— Fred Fleitz (@FredFleitz) October 2, 2019
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