Catherine Herridge, who is now with CBS, reported that the whistleblower, believed to be Eric Ciaramella, called Intelligence Community Inspector General Michael Atkinson on October 8th. The New York Times had recently reported he’d been in touch with a member of Rep. Adam Schiff’s staff prior to filing his complaint. The article said Schiff had “learned about the outlines” of the story before August 12th, which was the date the complaint had been submitted. The Times cited “a spokesman, as well as current and former American officials” as their sources.
News that a member or members of Schiff’s staff had contact with the whistleblower was significant for two reasons. First, the complaint had triggered an impeachment inquiry. And second, because Schiff had repeatedly claimed that neither he, nor any member of his staff, had “spoken directly to the whistleblower.”
LTC Alexander Vindman and whistleblowers like him are patriots.
They are standing up for the Constitution they swore an oath to defend.
They don’t deserve these disgraceful attacks, and they must be protected from reprisals.
— Chuck Schumer (@SenSchumer) November 22, 2019