Schiff Doubles Down: I Still ‘Don’t Know Who The Whistleblower Is’
Impeachment manager says claims are a 'conspiracy theory'
House Intelligence Chairman and impeachment manager Adam Schiff repeated statements he made last year, claiming he did not know the identity of the so-called “whistleblower” who filed the complaint about President Donald Trump's conversation with the Ukrainian leader.
Schiff said during Wednesday's Senate impeachment trial that he had no communication with the 'whistleblower.'
“First of all, I don’t know who the whistleblower is; I haven’t met them or communicated with them in any way,” Schiff said.
Last year, the Washington Examiner reported the whistleblower worked with two of Schiff's staffers.
Two former National Security Council staffers worked with the so-called whistleblower in the Obama and Trump administrations.
The House Intelligence Chairman reportedly recruited those same two staffers, with one of them joining his team in August, around the time the anonymous CIA "whistleblower" filled their complaint.
Schiff’s committee staffer advised the “whistleblower” to meet with the inspector general to file a complaint.
Even Daily Mail reporter David Martosko last year expressed doubt on Schiff's claims:
“Adam Schiff claims he doesn’t know the identity of the Ukraine whistle-blower, how is this possible? His staff met with the person.”
But Schiff continued to deny his staff helped the “whistleblower.”
“The committee staff did not write the complaint or coach the whistleblower what to put in the complaint,” he said.
Schiff claimed it was a “conspiracy theory” that his committee staff “colluded” with the whistleblower to craft the complaint, which launched the impeachment inquiry against Trump.
A spokesman for Schiff told the New York Times the whistleblower, “contacted the committee for guidance on how to report possible wrongdoing within the jurisdiction of the intelligence community.”
Adam Schiff once again says that he does not know who the whistleblower is— Daily Caller (@DailyCaller) January 29, 2020
Schiff added that his staff acted with “complete professionalism,” complaining that his team was also subjected to online threats from Trump and his allies.
He added that he would not do anything to endanger the “whistleblowers” identity during the trial.
Rep. Elise Stefanik (R-NY) accused Schiff on Twitter of lying about the “whistleblower.”
“Stunning that Adam Schiff lies to millions of Americans when he says he doesn’t know the identity of the whistleblower,” she wrote.
“He absolutely knows the identity of the whistleblower because he coordinated with the individual before the whistleblower’s complaint! His staff helped write it!”
In October last year, Former U.S. Rep. Trey Gowdy said Schiff had made himself a "fact witness" after revelations of contact with the Trump-Ukraine whistleblower.
"Right now, he's made himself a fact witness."
"He is in the evidentiary chain for what happened with this whistleblower, and I hope the Republicans make him testify."
Schiff was also awarded “Four Pinocchios” by the Washington Post after he failed to tell the truth about his knowledge of the whistleblower.