Former CIA analyst Fred Fleitz said Wednesday that news reports that House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff knew details of a whistleblower's complaint before they were formally filed "confirmed" his analysis last week that Schiff colluded with the individual in the "latest Democratic ploy to take down" President Donald Trump.
"Schiff knew about the CIA whistleblower in advance — way in advance," Fleitz, who also worked at the Defense Intelligence Agency and the State Department, said in the first of eight Twitter posts. "Before he even filed his complaint.
"This is a much bigger scandal that people realize," Fleitz continued. "At a minimum, Schiff should recuse himself from this impeachment inquiry."
In a similar eight-tweet thread last Wednesday, Fleitz said that his analysis of the redacted compliant released by the House Intelligence Committee "suggested the author had a lot of help.
"Did this whistleblower first meet with House Intelligence Committee members?" Fleitz asked.
He reiterated his hypothesis Thursday in an op-ed in the New York Post and Friday in a Newsmax TV interview.
"Clearly, this whistleblower had some help," Fleitz told "Newsmax Now" host John Bachman.
Fleitz's recent thread came after The New York Times reported that Schiff, D-Calif., learned of some of the whistleblower's concerns about President Trump's July telephone call with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy "days before" the actual complaint was filed.
According to the Times, the whistleblower initially approached the top lawyer at the CIA before speaking with a House Intelligence Committee staffer, who then advised the individual to get a lawyer and meet with the intelligence community's inspector general.
The committee staffer then shared the information with Schiff, without identifying the whistleblower, according to the Times.
Fleitz is also a Newsmax contributor who is president and CEO of the Center for Security Policy. He also served on the House Intelligence staff and as chief of staff and executive secretary of the National Security Council in the Trump administration.
In his new Twitter thread, Fleitz heightened the newest revelation from the Times report: "So the whistleblower DID come to the House Intelligence Committee first, just as I said.
"We now know that the request by the whistleblower to meet with committee members was a fraud," he added. "He already did this."
Fleitz then turns to debunking claims made by Schiff since House Speaker Nancy Pelosi announced the impeachment inquiry against Trump last week.
"Supposedly," he began in a fourth post, the counsel for the Intelligence Committee's Democrats "told the CIA whistleblower to hire counsel and go through the inspector general process.
"That would be believable if Schiff and his staff revealed this weeks ago," Fleitz said, cautioning two national security analysts to not "be fooled by this."
In his fifth tweet, Fleitz continued: "Schiff talked about the Ukraine issue throughout the month of August.
"The contents of the complaint leaked before it was presented to Congress," he said. "There is zero chance in my mind that Schiff's [Intelligence Committee] lawyers were not working hand and glove with the [whistleblower] and his lawyers."
But Fleitz's harshest attacks on Schiff came in his last three tweets.
"Here's the kicker," he began in his sixth post. "Under House Intelligence Committee rules, any classified info brought to the committee from outside sources MUST BE SHARED WITH BOTH SIDES.
"Schiff broke committee rules by not telling committee GOP members about this," he said.
"This is a very serious violation of House Intelligence Committee rules," Fleitz said in his seventh post. "Why did Schiff do this, especially when he was using this information to score political points throughout the month of August?
"The reason is clear," he continued. "It was part of the latest Democratic ploy to take down @realDonaldTrump."
Lastly, Fleitz declared that "the impeachment charade must end" because the Ukrainian call was not within the purview of the intelligence community or the House panel — and because of "Schiff's politicization of this issue and serious violations of House Intelligence Committee rules."
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