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Schiff And NYT Do Damage Control Over Sneak Peek At CIA Whistleblower Complaint; Trump Says Schiff Wrote It

While President Trump is now accusing Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA) of ‘helping to write’ a CIA whistleblower’s complaint at the heart of an impeachment inquiry, the New York Times is out with a Wednesday article designed to put distance between the House Intelligence Committee Chairman and the accusation – suggesting Schiff had no more than a vague sneak peek.

As The Times reports, “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,” adding “the original accusation was vague,” and “The aide did not share the whistle-blower’s identity with Mr. Schiff or anyone else.”

So – according to the Times, Schiff kinda sorta knew what the whistleblower said, and a House Intel Committee aide told him (or her) to get an attorney – Andrew Bakaj – who “interned for Schumer in the spring of 2001 and for Clinton in the fall of the same year,” per The Federalist.

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