They tried to cover their tracks and pretend this came up independently of Schiff. That's why the trip isn't in the Congress. Record.
...to be a fly on the wall...
...at that Gang of Eight briefing on the Russian bounty classified intel...
...as Schiff tried to **explain** to the other 7 members...
...why he didn't say one damn word about this to them since February!
And he didn't say anything to anybody about it.
And then in late June it was leaked to the NYT's with the claim the President had been briefed on it.
Well gee, let's check the record.
He did....that's right....NOTHING.
He did nothing with it.
Probably because it was [let's all say it together!] UNCORROBORATED AND UNVERIFIED!
It's all going according to plan!
**SOMEBODY** put out the info that Schiff's staff had been in Afghanistan on a CODEL & while there they had been briefed on this unverified Russian bounty classified intelligence.
Somebody **assured** Schiff it was safe to go ahead and do this leak and then gin up another impeachment hoax.
That could NEVER HAPPEN.
That MUST not happen.
And yet...it HAS.
It HAS happened.
And now he's TRAPPED.
Can't you see he's trapped?
He can't deny.
Has he denied it?
How **hard** would it be for him to say "I did not know this in February."
"Why no, in fact, my staff never took a CODEL to Afghanistan. They were not briefed on these Russian bounties, I don't know where this rumor comes from. I didn't know in February." ?
They must have been ASSURED Schiff & his staff would never be tied to the classified info that was going to be leaked to the NYT's.
They had plausible deniability.
And now they've lost it.
CIA Director Haspel already filed with the DOJ a **criminal complaint** about the criminal leak of this classified Russian bounty intelligence.
I'd have loved to have seen their exchanges.
And this time someone sprang a trap on Schiff & Co. right in the middle of the launch, while they were pounding the table in their fake outrage.
Remember back in March the play was to claim Trump was briefed on the virus in January & did nothing & they were getting ready to investigate that?
So they sat down in June and put their heads together and came up with this Russian Bounty Hoax for their new impeachment attempt.
And it didn't even last one week.