Anti-Trump ‘Whistleblower’ May Have Committed Felony by Refusing to Report Contact with Schiff in Complaint
The CIA “whistleblower” who issued a complaint against President Donald Trump based on his correspondence with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky may have committed a felony by not disclosing their meetings with Rep. Adam Schiff (R-CA) on the report.
Fox News reporter Catherine Herridge said that Intelligence Community Inspector General Michael Atkinson gave testimony before the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence (HPSCI) today. Atkinson indicated that his office was not made aware of the whistleblower’s contact with Schiff and his staff.
Per Catherine Herridge: IC Inspector General told lawmakers the whistleblower did not disclose contact w Schiff/Committee staff – so IG never looked into it. IG “had no knowledge of it”.
— Shannon Bream (@ShannonBream) October 4, 2019
Colleague Catherine Herridge rpts ICIG Atkinson told lawmakers the whistleblower did not disclose to the ICI that he contacted Schiff's committee. Atkinson said the whistleblower volunteered he was a registered Democrat
— Chad Pergram (@ChadPergram) October 4, 2019
Sean Davis, legal analyst for The Federalist, believes that the whistleblower may have violated the following requirement on the complaint submission form: “I have previously disclosed (or am disclosing) the violations alleged here to (complete all that apply).”
A provision in the bill could put the deep state whistle-blower, who made the complaint without any first hand knowledge of Trump’s actions, on the wrong side of the law.
“I certify that all of the statements made in this complaint (including any continuation pages) are true, complete, and correct to the best of my knowledge and belief,” whistleblowers must attest when submitting a complaint.
The potential punishment is severe: “I understand that, pursuant to 18 U.S.C. 1001, a false statement or concealment of a material fact is a criminal offense punishable by a fine of up to $10,000, imprisonment for up to five years, or both.”
It was revealed earlier this week that the whistleblower reached out to Schiff and his staffers before submitting the complaint, a fact that Schiff initially denied during an appearance on MSNBC.
“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.”
Those words turned out to be untruthful, but that hasn’t stopped Democratic leaders from circling the wagons around Schiff anyway. A Democratic committee official said on Thursday that, while he “could have been more clear” in his words, Schiff was referring to the fact that he and his staff never formally interviewed the whistleblower before the complaint was submitted.
“We want to be fair as we go forward, and we couldn’t be better served than by the leadership of our chairman of the Intelligence Committee, Adam Schiff,” House Majority Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) said.
Big League Politics reported last week that federal rules regarding whistleblower complaints were changed in the summer shortly before the complaint was submitted, setting the stage for this next phase of the coup to unfold:
Federal records indicate that the deep state changed their rules and regulations regarding whistleblowers shortly before the complaint against Trump went public, quietly removing the requirement last month for whistleblowers to have first hand knowledge of a situation before filing a complaint.
The new rules allow whistleblowers to file complaints if they have only “heard about [wrongdoing] from others” and have no direct knowledge about the situation. This change has allowed President Trump to be targeted with an impeachment inquiry based on a complaint filed by a whistleblower believed to be a CIA agent.
The media-hyped scandal of Ukrainian collusion is already falling apart, months after FBI special investigator Robert Mueller released his report clearing President Trump of any Russian collusion.