The further House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff gets in his investigation of Donald Trump’s alleged influence peddling in Ukraine, the less kosher the whole affair looks. Take for starters the recently revised standards for whistleblower evidence, which now conveniently permit a witness to cite second- and even third-hand sources. (RELATED: Multi-BRANCH effort appears to have been behind suspect change to ‘whistleblower’ standard)
Or consider the provenance of the whistleblower complaint itself. Trump attorney Jay Sekulow and other legal scholars have argued that the phraseology and precise legal language of the complaint suggest that it was drafted by a team of lawyers and that the alleged “whistleblower” is really a spy.
These new developments reflect poorly on the Democratic Party as a whole, but they also signal possible hanky-panky one the part one Democrat in particular. That Democrat is Adam Schiff.
As Breitbart’s Aaron Klein reports, a Schiff staffer named Thomas Eager took a trip to Ukraine last month sponsored and organized by a think tank with ties to Burisma, the natural gas company at the center of allegations regarding Joe Biden and his son, Hunter Biden.
The dates of the pre-planned trip are instructive. Eager’s visit to Ukraine sponsored by the Burisma-funded Atlantic Council began 12 days after the so-called whistleblower officially filed his August 12 complaint about President Donald Trump’s phone call with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky.
An authorization form for the trip, signed by Schiff, identifies the the purpose of the trip as “meetings and visits with gov’t officials, party officials, civil society and private sector reps in Ukraine to learn about ongoing political and military issues, including conflict in the East.”
Then there is Schiff’s attempts in 2018, at the height of the Mueller investigation, to dig up dirt on Donald Trump. Schiff had received a phone call from what he believed to be a pair of Ukranian politicians. The callers were actually two Russian radio hosts, who were pulling a prank on Schiff.
In the audio of the eight-minute call, which follows via RealClear Politics, one of the pranksters tells Schiff they are in possession of “pictures of naked Trump” obtained by Vladimir Putin’s goddaughter.
Schiff asks: “And the materials you can provide to the committee and to the FBI, would they corroborate this allegation? … So you have recordings… where they’re discussing the compromising material?”
“Obviously we would welcome the chance to get copies of those recordings,” Schiff tells them. “So we will try to work with the FBI to try to figure out how we can take copies of those. … I’ll be in touch with the FBI about this, and we’ll make arrangements with your staff. I think it would be best to provide these materials to both our committee and the FBI. We’ll make arrangements between my staff and yours on how to facilitate that.”
A spokesman for Schiff is quoted as having said, “Before agreeing to take the call, and immediately following it, the committee informed appropriate law-enforcement and security personnel of the conversation, and of our belief that it was probably bogus.”
What else are Schiff’s handlers going to say? That their boss was duped trying to obtain incriminating information about the president from a foreign power? That sounds almost like a high crime. Just ask Schiff.