Ah, so the whistleblower went to the to Democratic Rep. Adam Schiff if California, chairman of the intelligence committee, who told him to files a whistleblower complaint.
What other cooperation – or, uh, collusion – was there between this whistleblower and Democrats? Does DNI Maguire still stand behind his statement to Congress that the whistleblower used proper channels?
Maybe this is one reason why there was reason to believe the whistleblower was partisan.
Of course, Schiff said nothing about this until reporters broke the story.
According to the New York Times:
The Democratic head of the House Intelligence Committee, Representative Adam B. Schiff of California, learned about the outlines of a C.I.A. officer’s concerns that President Trump had abused his power days before the officer filed a whistle-blower complaint, according to a spokesman and current and former American officials.
The early account by the future whistle-blower shows how determined he was to make known his allegations that Mr. Trump asked Ukraine’s government to interfere on his behalf in the 2020 election. It also explains how Mr. Schiff knew to press for the complaint when the Trump administration initially blocked lawmakers from seeing it.
The C.I.A. officer approached a House Intelligence Committee aide with his concerns about Mr. Trump only after he had had a colleague first convey them to the C.I.A.’s top lawyer. Concerned about how that initial avenue for airing his allegations through the C.I.A. was unfolding, the officer then approached the House aide. In both cases, the original accusation was vague.
The House staff member, following the committee’s procedures, suggested the officer find a lawyer to advise him and file a whistle-blower complaint. The aide shared some of what the officer conveyed to Mr. Schiff. The aide did not share the whistle-blower’s identity with Mr. Schiff, an official said.
President Trump accused Schiff of helping the whistleblower write the complaint.