The whistleblower reached out to the House Intelligence Committee aide sometime before they filed the official complaint to the inspector general of the intelligence community August 12. "Concerned about how that avenue for airing his allegations was unfolding, the officer then approached a House Intelligence Committee aide, alerting him to the accusation against Mr. Trump".
The whistleblower appears to have properly sought help on filing the complaint, confirmed Michael German a former Federal Bureau of Investigation agent and whistleblower who recently wrote about his experiences in a book called "Disrupt, Discredit and Divide".
That comment prompted the Times to offer a tut-tutting "fact check" dutifully echoing Schiff's talking points: "There is no evidence that Mr. Schiff [helped write the complaint], and his spokesman said he saw no part of the complaint before it was filed".
In light of these facts, Kessler called Schiff's claim "flat-out false".
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"The ICIG reviewed the information provided as well as other information gathered and determined that the complaint was both urgent and that it appeared credible", the statement read.
Trump told reporters at the White House, "And by the way, likewise, China should start an investigation into the Bidens". Given the fact that the Attorney General is directly implicated in the whistleblower's complaint, in fact, he should recuse himself and any decisions on this matter should be put in the hands of the Deputy Attorney General. But Republicans, including Trump, who have seized on the Times reporting have erred in claiming the reporting suggests Schiff helped write the complaint itself.
The whistleblower's defenders have said allegations about the process of handling the complaint is a distraction from what is in the document. He was initially blocked from transmitting that complaint to Congress by the DNI, in consultation with the White House and Justice Department.
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The White House released a summary of the phone call last week that largely corroborates the main details of the complaint.
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"The Chinese strategy to deal with Trump has been not to get drawn into tit-for-tat verbal battles, but pursue their interests in a very determined way, which is why the US-China trade talks are continuing", said Georgetown University's Professor Evan Medeiros, who is a former US National Security Council official.
"I am signing on to my colleague Congressman Andy Biggs resolution to censure House Intel Chairman Adam Schiff for literally making up his own version of President Trump's phone conversation with Ukraine President Zelensky", Rep. Rogers said.
"The Chinese might be tempted to help Trump out and get a better trade deal, but I doubt they will interfere so directly in U.S. politics", agreed Bonnie Glaser, an Asia expert at the Center for Strategic and International Studies.
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In Ukraine, he became a member of the board of Bursima Holdings, a gas company, which Trump wants investigated. Zelensky has also said he did not feel pressure during the call.