Whistleblower spoke to Schiff aides before filing complaint

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US President Donald Trump issued his most inflammatory condemnation yet of the impeachment investigation against him, labelling it "a COUP" created to strip Americans of their freedoms.

That level of information-sharing may have concerned the whistle-blower.

House investigators say they will issue a subpoena demanding all White House and Trump administration documents related to President Donald Trump's efforts to pressure Ukraine to investigate his political rival Joe Biden.

On Wednesday, three House committees - Intelligence, Foreign Affairs and Oversight - are due to get a deposition from former USA ambassador to Ukraine Marie Yovanovitch, who Trump labelled "bad news" during his call with Zelenskiy.

Sen. Chuck Grassley, the chamber's most senior Republican and a long-time defender of whistleblowers, rebuked President Donald Trump on Tuesday when he said that the individual behind a complaint at the center of House Democrats' impeachment inquiry "appears to have followed the whistleblower protection laws and ought to be heard out and protected".

However that top spy lawyer then contacted officials in the White House and the Justice Department's Office of Legal Counsel. I can't believe they wrote it.

The aide shared some of what the whistleblower knew to Schiff but did not identify him. Maybe they're getting better, ' he continued.

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One of the most glaring examples of this spin comes from the whistleblower's description of the events surrounding the phone call. Democrats are pledging to investigate both the allegations in the complaint as well as how the Trump administration handled it.

Schiff said during the press conference with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) that the president wants to characterize the intelligence officer whistleblower as "treasonous". I'd go a step further.

"You are making me look like an idiot!" he was quoted as saying. "That's big stuff. That's a big story".

But Schiff said that it showed Trump acting like a mob boss: "What those notes reflect is a classic mafia-like shakedown of a foreign leader", he said.

Trump, on Tuesday evening in a tweet, was even more blunt, declaring: "As I learn more and more each day, I am coming to the conclusion that what is taking place is not an impeachment, it is a COUP..."

He continued: 'This is a regular occurrence, given the Committee's unique oversight role and responsibilities.

The communication between the whistleblower and House Democrats prior to the complaint's filing also raises questions about whether Schiff and his committee staff coordinated with the ICIG regarding the watchdog's whistleblower forms and guidance stating that first-hand information is required in order for the agency to properly investigate "urgent concern" complaints. I think he probably helped write it, okay?,' the president said, without providing the foundation for his claim. While most of us arrive at our thoughts and opinions in a linear fashion, building upon our existing thoughts and opinions and changing them over time, ideas seem to spontaneously pop into Trump's brain out of nowhere, fully formed.

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