from the Daily Wire:
Washington Post Fact Checker Gives Adam Schiff Four Pinnochios For Misleading About Contact With Trump Whistleblower
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 “know the identity of the whistleblower” after being asked if he did. But when Cooper asked if the whistleblower or their legal representation had contacted Schiff, the California congressman deflected, saying: “I don’t want to get into any particulars. I want to make sure that there’s nothing that I do that jeopardizes the whistleblower in any way.”