Two former National Security Council (NSC) aides who worked with the CIA whistleblower joined Chairman of Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence Adam Schiff’s staff, a new report from the Washington Examiner revealed.
“House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff recruited two former National Security Council aides who worked alongside the CIA whistleblower at the NSC during the Obama and Trump administrations,” reported Kerry Picket.
“Abigail Grace, who worked at the NSC until 2018, was hired in February, while Sean Misko, an NSC aide until 2017, joined Schiff’s committee staff in August, the same month the whistleblower submitted his complaint,” she added.
Adam Schiff’s staff includes 2 aides who worked WITH whistleblower at White House – Kerry Picket https://t.co/EbmQpFMAIa
— Kerry Picket (@KerryPicket) October 11, 2019
The Washington Examiner also reported that the whistleblower, “an experienced CIA official on the NSC with the deep knowledge of Ukraine,” has worked with Joe Biden when he was vice president.
Last week, the chairman acknowledged that his office had been in contact with the whistleblower before the complaint was filed over an allegation that President Donald Trump abused his power of office to force Ukraine’s president to investigate his political opponent—Democratic presidential hopeful Joe Biden.
The whistleblower’s complaint now is at the heart of the Democratic impeachment inquiry led by Schiff. The White House announced this week it refuses to comply with their “illegitimate proceedings,” accusing Democrats of attempting to overturn the outcome of the 2016 election.
“The president has done nothing wrong, and the Democrats know it. For purely political reasons, the Democrats have decided their desire to overturn the outcome of the 2016 election allows them to conduct a so-called impeachment inquiry that ignores the fundamental rights guaranteed to every American,” White House press secretary Stephanie Grisham wrote in a statement.
“These partisan proceedings are an affront to the Constitution—as they are being held behind closed doors and deny the President the right to call witnesses, to cross-examine witnesses, to have access to evidence, and many other basic rights,” she added.
An article from The Washington Post published on Jan. 20, 2017, clearly showed the Democrats’ efforts to remove President Trump from office right after he was sworn in.
— Andrew Clark🎃 (@AndrewHClark) October 11, 2019