Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA) mislead multiple times when asked about whether he knew about the whistleblower who alleged President Donald Trump had broken the law during a conversation with Ukraine President Volodymyr Zelensky. For that, The Washington Post’s fact checker Glenn Kessler awarded him “Four Pinocchios” the highest rating, indicating an outright falsehood.
Schiff had made multiple statements regarding the whistleblower prior to The New York Times and the Post’s reporting that showed the whistleblower “approached a House Intelligence Committee staff member for guidance before filing a complaint with the Intelligence Community inspector general,” Kessler wrote. While the staff member said they only learned the “very bare contours” of the allegation, those “contours” included “potentially privileged communications by persons outside the Intelligence Community,” which, according to Kessler, is code for the president.
Based on this information, Kessler looked at three statements made by Schiff prior to the reporting.
On September 16, Schiff told CNN’s Anderson Cooper that he doesn’t