Schiff came into the spotlight surrounding a whistleblower’s complaint about the president’s previous phone call with the Ukrainian president after a report by The New York Times revealed that he received an “early account” of the call, as IJR previously reported. He had “learned about the outlines” of the “concerns” prior to the report being filed, the Times reported.
The complaint was publicly released last week after the House speaker announced a formal impeachment inquiry into the president.
The Post, however, tore apart Schiff’s previous “false claim” that his committee didn’t have contact with the whistleblower prior to the report being filed.
Schiff previously said during a segment on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” on September 17: “We have not spoken directly with the whistleblower. We would like to.”
“He earned Four Pinocchios for being disingenuous in his remarks to reporters to obscure his firsthand knowledge of what took place,” the Post wrote. They later conclude:
“But Schiff on ‘Morning Joe’ clearly made a statement that was false. He now says he was answering the wrong question, but if that was the case, he should have quickly corrected the record. He compounded his falsehood by telling reporters a few days later that if not for the IG’s office, the committee would not have known about the complaint. That again suggested there had been no prior communication.
During Friday’s Fox News interview, Gowdy responded to the Post’s fact-check, “I think he got four [Pinocchios] only because you can’t get five.”
Gowdy continued, “He got the maximum sentence you could get from the Washington Post fact-checker — and don’t you know how hard that was for the Washington Post to give Adam Schiff four Pinocchios?”
Watch Gowdy’s interview below:
According to Fox News, sources told the outlet on Friday that the whistleblower of the report surrounding the Ukraine controversy did not disclose contact with the Intel Committee with the intelligence committee inspector general.