If the NYT thought they were offering damage control in framing the leaks to Schiff in a favorable light, they were mistaken.
The NYT article went out of their way to make it appear as though everything happening may have looked bad, but actually proceeded ‘by the book’. In reality, they were shining a light on potential criminality on the part of the so-called whistleblower.
And as a result, his claims to whistleblower status may be, in fact, invalidated.
The sequence matters.
Under federal law, whistleblowers within the intelligence community are required to report any allegations of wrongdoing to the Intelligence Community Inspector General (ICIG) in order to receive statutory whistleblower protections for their disclosures. The law does not provide any protections to employees or contractors who bypass the process required by law and go directly to Congress, nor does it provide any avenue to disclose classified information to Congress without first going through the ICIG. If the complainant or a colleague leaked classified information to Schiff or his committee, those individuals could be subject to criminal liability for illegal and unauthorized disclosure of classified information.
“The employee may contact the intelligence committees directly [after filing a complaint with the inspector general] if the employee…before making such a contact, furnishes to the Director, through the Inspector General, a statement of the employee’s complaint or information and notice of the employee’s intent to contact the intelligence committees directly…and obtains and follows from the Director, through the Inspector General, direction on how to contact the intelligence committees in accordance with appropriate security practices,” the federal whistleblower law, known as the Intelligence Community Whistleblower Protection Act, or ICWPA, states.
Source: The Federalist
Well THAT’s a problem, isn’t it Shifty?
Raise Your Hand if you think the Justice Department should send an order to Adam Schiff to preserve all communications he had with the Whistleblower.
— ALX ?? ? (@alx) October 2, 2019
And don’t even THINK about going the bleach-bit route. It would end badly.
SCHIFF HAS NOW IMPLICATED HIMSELF.
Here is footage dead-to-rights of @AdamSchiff lying to the media, saying he has never spoken to the whistleblower. In reality Rep. Schiff was colluding with them and helping craft their complaint against Trump.
— Benny (@bennyjohnson) October 2, 2019
ALL THESE THINGS ARE TRUE:
– @AdamSchiff colluded with the anti-Trump “whistleblower”
– Schiff helped craft the complaint which was full of lies against Trump
– “Whistleblower” broke multiple laws
– This was a partisan hit-job to Impeach Trump & disenfranchise 63 M Americans
— Benny (@bennyjohnson) October 2, 2019
Schiff has now lied during multiple congressional sessions & lied to the public on countless occasions on national television. There is absolutely no reason to comply with his kangaroo court subpoenas. Censure not enough. Full expulsion is the only remedy.https://t.co/8ja8EC3jgn
— Jordan Schachtel (@JordanSchachtel) October 2, 2019
If Shifty and Pelosi thought their little circus act would go off without a hitch, they were wrong. They’ve already run into a couple of snags.
One more thing: the original report claimed the ‘whistleblower’ had a mixture of first-and-second hand information, didn’t it?
Don’t be so sure about that. Click through to the tweet to see the whole thread.
This thread goes through the entire WB complaint line by line:
—All of the key facts & allegations of misconduct
—Who they are sourced to
—Whether this is first-hand information from the "WB"
N.B: I've excluded anything attributed to public or open-source information by the WB
— Undercover Huber (@JohnWHuber) October 1, 2019
And if the whistleblower isn’t REALLY a whistleblower… what happens to all the grand plans of impeachment?
They go up in smoke, don’t they?