House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff (D-Calif.) is getting slapped with “Four Pinocchios” by The Washington Post over his claim that he never met with the whistleblower surrounding the Ukraine controversy.
Schiff found himself in hot water after The New York Times reported on Wednesday that he had learned about the whistleblower’s concerns regarding President Donald Trump’s phone call with the Ukrainian president prior to when the report was filed. The complaint sparked the House speaker to launch a formal impeachment inquiry into the president.
Schiff’s office pushed back on the report, as his spokesperson said, “Like other whistleblowers have done before and since under Republican and Democratic-controlled committees, the whistleblower contacted the committee for guidance on how to report possible wrongdoing within the jurisdiction of the intelligence community.”
The Democratic lawmaker also said in a tweet on Wednesday that the Intelligence Committee only offers up advise “when a whistleblower seeks guidance.”
However, the Post tore into Schiff’s “false claim” that he “had not spoken to the whistleblower.”
“We have not spoken directly with the whistleblower,” Schiff said during an MSNBC interview on September 17, adding, “We would like to.”
Schiff was given the four Pinocchios for being “disingenuous in his remarks to reporters to obscure his firsthand knowledge of what took place.” The Post wrote:
“In his own letter that day, Schiff wrote that because of that language, and because the DNI [Director of National Intelligence] refused to affirm or deny that White House officials were involved in the decision not to forward the complaint, the committee can conclude only that ‘the serious misconduct involves the president of the United States and/or other senior White House or administration officials.’
Schiff’s comment during the MSNBC interview that he had “not spoken directly with the whistleblower” was also deemed “flat-out false” by the Post.
The Post concluded in giving Schiff “Four Pinocchios”:
“He now says he’s 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.
“Adam Schiff has proven, from this point here, he has no credibility,” McCarthy told Fox News, adding, “He has no credibility to be a chairman and he has no right to be the prosecutor in this case.”