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Levin: Schiff deserves an ethics complaint 'at a minimum' over revelation that he knew about the CIA whistleblower beforehand

Conservative Review

Thursday night on the radio, LevinTV host Mark Levin discussed the latest revelation in the whistleblower impeachment saga — that House Intelligence Committee chairman Adam Schiff, D-Calif., was made aware of the CIA whistleblower's complaint before it was filed with the Intelligence Community inspector general.

Hours before Levin's radio program, the New York Times broke the story that the CIA employee who filed a complaint about President Trump's late-July phone call with the president of Ukraine contacted a staffer on the House Intelligence Committee before doing so. The staffer then relayed the information to Schiff, according to the report.

While the story has opened up Schiff to criticism — especially given his September 17th statement that "we have not spoken directly with the whistleblower" — Levin explained how the story actually serves to further insulate the whistleblower and his report from public scrutiny.

"They're trying to protect him by getting it out there first," Levin explained. "Schiff can say, 'We knew they would try and spin this and politicize it, these Republicans and the Trump people. Yes.'"

The radio host went on to say that lawmakers "at a minimum" ought to file an ethics complaint against Schiff in response to the report and laid out some questions that congressional investigators ought to pursue in its wake.

"What exactly did the so-called whistleblower tell them?" Levin asked. "We need to know now the name of committee staff or staffers. We need to know whom among these staffers were informed of this information. We need to know what Mr. Schiff knew exactly and with whom Mr. Schiff shared it, including the speaker of the House."


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