Rep. Adam Schiff who is working as the head of the House Intelligence Committee, obtained a heads up on a whistleblower’s allegations about President Trump’s phone call along with his Ukrainian counterpart days before a charge was filed, based on a report.
Trump, asked about the development from the New York Times during a White House press conference, mentioned it was a “scandal” and advised that Schiff wrote the complaint himself.
“I think this can be a scandal, and I feel he wrote it,” Trump informed reporters.
The whistleblower, recognized as a CIA officer, first had a colleague contact the agency’s top lawyer, along with his worries about the July 25 phone call, the Times reported.
In the call, Trump requested Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky to probe the son of political rival Joe Biden a move that has been alleged to be a quid pro quo to maintain millions of dollars in the US military support flowing to Ukraine.
Concerned with how his claims have been being handled in the CIA, the whistleblower who didn’t personally witness the phone, however, learned of it secondhand approached an aide to Schiff.
In each case, the initial accusations had been vague, the newspaper stated.
The House aide, following the panel’s procedures, then recommended the whistleblower find a lawyer to advise him on how to file a complaint.
The aide shared some of what the whistleblower knew to Schiff; however, he didn’t identify him.
“Like other whistleblowers have completed before and since under Republican and Democratic-controlled committees, the whistleblower contacted the committee for guidance for how to report possible wrongdoing throughout the jurisdiction of the intelligence community,” mentioned Patrick Boland, a spokesman for Schiff.
In his feedback, Trump gave the Times a frequent goal of his “fake information” barbs credit for publishing the story.