Intelligence Community Inspector General Michael Atkinson testified before the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence (HPSCI) on Friday that the whistleblower who made a complaint about President Donald Trump did not disclose that he had contact with the staff of House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff before he filed the report, the Federalist reported.
Because the information about contact with Schiff was not disclosed, the IG’s office said it did not know to investigate the situation. Atkinson also said the whistleblower said he was a registered Democrat.
The form the whistleblower filled out requires disclosure of “other actions you are taking on your disclosure,” and failure to disclose these actions could lead to a perjury charge.
These failures to disclose the contact with Schiff’s office could lead to felony criminal penalties for making false statements.
“I understand that, pursuant to 18 U.S.C. 1001, a false statement or concealment of a material fact is a criminal offense punishable by a fine of up to $10,000, imprisonment for up to five years, or both,” the whistleblower complaint submission form reads.
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