AG Barr To Probe Biden, Clinton and Obama.

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It is about time that we look at Biden, Clinton and Obama. Reports will show collusion not only with the Ukraine, but Russia and China. These three are the criminal element with the FBI and DOJ protecting them. It is high time we indict these three!
Let’s look at the facts: Obama instructed the FBI/DOJ to investigate and spy on the Trump campaign. Not only dirty tricks but it is illegal.
Hillary Clinton sells 25% of our uranium to Russia, in the meantime, her husband makes a $500,000. speech in Russia. Illegal and criminal. Her email server was illegal and criminal.
Joe Biden gets his kid a sweetheart deal with the Ukraine. Illegal and criminal.
Mc Cabe and Comey from the FBI look the other way with the Obama administration. It is a crime to see one and not report it. How these two clowns have escaped prosecution is unreal.
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Conservatives call for ‘expeditious’ impeachment probe
Colby Itkowitz, The Washington Post Published 6:15 am EDT, Thursday, October 10, 2019

WASHINGTON – More than a dozen prominent conservative lawyers, including George Conway, offered their legal reasoning for an “expeditious” impeachment probe into President Donald Trump, creating a document they hope will be read by Republicans who continue to stand by the president.

The 16 attorneys, many of whom worked in Republican administrations, wrote in a joint statement to be released Thursday morning that Trump’s now infamous call with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky, the text messages between diplomats and Trump’s public call for China to investigate a political opponent are “undisputed” events that amount to Trump violating his oath of office.

“We have not just a political candidate open to receiving foreign assistance to better his chances at winning an election, but a current president openly and privately calling on foreign governments to actively interfere in the most sacred of U.S. democratic processes, our elections,” they wrote.

Conway, husband of White House counselor Kellyanne Conway and outspoken Trump critic, helped form a coalition of like-minded conservatives a year ago who wanted to call out what they deemed illegal and unconstitutional behavior by the president. The signatories are members of that group, Checks and Balances.

Paul Rosenzweig, who served as President George W. Bush’s deputy assistant secretary for policy at the Department on Homeland Security, said he personally would have gone further than the group’s comments, which are stern, but measured in tone.

“It strikes me that no reasonable attorney can doubt that there was a quid pro quo here,” said Rosenzweig, referring to Trump’s holding back military aid to Ukraine while requesting the country investigate a political foe.

“I would vote for impeachment, and I would vote for conviction and removal in the Senate as well,” Rosenzweig said.

For Stuart M. Gerson, who worked on President George H.W. Bush’s 1988 campaign and in his administration, the joint statement adds a conservative perspective to the cacophony of people on the left backing impeachment.

“We believe it’s important there be a loyal opposition from the conservative side in defense of the rule of law,” Gerson said. “We feel duty-bound to be able to do it. What’s at risk here is more than our country should stand.”

“There comes a tipping point where you look at this and say my country first, the party comes second,” he added.

Don Ayer, who served as deputy attorney general under President George H.W. Bush, said he found it “inexplicable” that other Republicans were sticking by Trump.

“I am disgusted by the conduct of Republican senators who pose as reputable people, but shamelessly hide under rocks instead of calling out the president’s horrendous behavior as the gross misconduct that they know it to be,” he said.

“But there aren’t that many people defending [Trump] in an affirmative way,” Ayer added. “There are a lot of people who put their heads down and don’t talk about it.”

Rosenzweig said the goal of the joint statement is to give Republicans “intellectual cover” to stand up with other conservatives and say, “the emperor has no clothes” and “do the right thing.”

The Republicans in Congress have “been a greater disappointment to me than Trump himself,” Rosenzweig said. So far, not one has come out in support of an impeachment inquiry.

“Trump is Trump. His nature is his nature. He’s not any different than the person I knew he was going to be three years ago,” Rosenzweig said.

“But the people who I cannot hold any honor for are the Republicans. There’s lots of really smart Republicans who understand what’s at stake here. They are not stepping up and throwing a flag,” he continued. “They all know it’s wrong. They’re not idiots. They just need the courage, so if others say it first, perhaps that helps.”

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Theater Review. “The Wrong Man”

‘The Wrong Man’
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The Wrong Man playing at MCC’s new digs is a musical about a man who struggles in his life and gets accused of murder. Set with really good songs, choreography, lighting and costumes, this 90-minute intermission-less play glides through its plot. Both enjoyable and resonant, Joshua Henry and ensemble are terrific.

Set in Reno, NV, Duran (Joshua Henry) tries hard at feeding his young family. He takes on two jobs at times but just can’t get ahead. When his wife leaves him, he is devastated. Lost and confused, he meets another woman at a club bar and really likes her. Unfortunately for Duran, his new girlfriend was married to a really bad man (Ryan Vasquez) who is both jealous and mentally unstable.

The show’s underplot is that Duran is a man who tries to do the right thing. His luck has him looking at life and wondering why he ended up like this. Thankfully, the musical deals less about race and politics than it does with one particular man who is down on his luck and who society kicks around. The show’s book is always in sync with the music, and that makes for an entertaining evening.

The Wrong Man is set to a three quarter in the round staging. The acoustics in MCC’s new Newman Theater are fantastic. With the band on stage with the actors, lighting designer Betsy Adams splashed many different colors to this performance. A cross between poignant and a carnival at times, Adams is the backbeat to the mood effects in this performance. The costumes also enhance the mood and reality of this musical. From the club outfits to the jackets, what these costumes signify as the show goes on compliments this performance.

Thomas Kail directs this cast to move and interact with an edgy, sleek feel to it. The lights, costumes and direction all give this play a raw, smoky feel, and all three with Travis Wall’s choreography make this deft performance one to remember.

Songs like “The Wrong Man,” “How Do You Get Over a Broken Heart,” “Bad Things” and the band rocking out to “That Don’t Happen Here in Reno,” as well as the showstopper “Beating In My Chest” were all excellent. Ryan Vasquez’s “Where Evil Men Go On the Run” sounded like a James Bond tune. Vasquez had a great performance to note, an excellent acting performance with a voice to match; he was a standout.

The Wrong Man is a well-versed musical that has a Jazz feel to it as well as a Rhythm and Blues feeling. Its songs make it feel like a sophisticated concert and the lights bring forth its character. Well done on all levels, The Wrong Man is highly entertaining. Even though the audience knows how the show will end, the journey is much better than the result.

After moving uptown, The MCC is in a great new space with two theaters and a contemporary lobby. MCC is putting out some great shows as of late. The new digs were well thought out with superb acoustics and comfortable seating. More of modern theaters, MCC is able to mobilize the shows as it sees fit. MCC has allowed for directors to set up the stage in the most appropriate way to maximize performance value. High ceilings make for wonderful sound and staging.

The cast includes:

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Tilly Evans-Krueger
Joshua Henry
Malik Kitchen
Libby Lloyd
Ciara Renee
Kyle Robinson
Debbie Christine Tjong
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Rip Taylor Dead At 84.

Rip Taylor, Flamboyant Television Comedian and Actor, Dies at 84
He made over 2,000 television appearances during his more than 50 years in show business.
The king of confetti is dead at 84. His appearances on The Gong Show and others were hilarious. His career spanned decades.
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Oct. 6, 2019

Rip Taylor, a flamboyant mainstay of the comedy circuit who was known for his gags involving confetti, his brand of self-deprecating humor in which he would remove his toupee and his extensive voice work, died on Sunday in Los Angeles. He was 84.

His publicist, B. Harlan Böll, confirmed the death and said Mr. Taylor had a seizure and died at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles, although an exact cause of death had not yet been determined.

Mr. Taylor, who introduced himself to legions of television viewers on “The Ed Sullivan Show” and on game shows such as “Hollywood Squares,” “Match Game” and “Super Password,” made over 2,000 appearances on television during his more than 50 years in show business, according to his publicist.

“The greatest joy Rip had in life was from the result of making others laugh,” Mr. Böll said. “He didn’t have an easy childhood. Abused and bullied, he said he discovered early that they weren’t hitting you if they were laughing.”

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Mr. Taylor was known for his wild style, mustache and affinity for nicknames, like the King of Confetti and the Prince of Pandemonium. His television credits included appearances on “The Monkees” and “The Gong Show” and a stint as the host of “The $1.98 Beauty Show” from 1978 to 1980.

He maintained relevance later in his career, playing himself in the 1993 movie “Wayne’s World 2” and in the “Jackass” franchise. “The Simpsons” also parodied him.

In addition to being a kind and hilarious man — AND a brave spokesperson for survivors of childhood abuse — Rip Taylor was also the subject of, for my money, the funniest Simpsons joke I’ve ever heard pitched in the room. (1/3)

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He appeared regularly on the annual Labor Day telethon hosted by Jerry Lewis benefiting the Muscular Dystrophy Association. In Las Vegas, he was named Entertainer of the Year three times, according to his biography.

Charles Elmer Taylor was born on Jan. 13, 1935, in Washington, D.C., and was raised by his mother, Mr. Böll said. Mr. Taylor worked as a congressional page as a teenager and served in the United States Army during the Korean War, entertaining fellow soldiers while in combat.


He is survived by his longtime partner, Robert Fortney. A previous marriage to a showgirl ended in divorce, Mr. Böll said.

Throughout Mr. Taylor’s career, his voice proved to be a bankable commodity. In the 1960s, he did voice work as the son, Elroy, on “The Jetsons.” He was nominated for an Emmy for playing the voice of Uncle Fester in the television adaptation of “The Addams Family.”

In 1992, Mr. Taylor was honored with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. His penchant for showering television studio audiences with confetti lives on in a number of internet memes.

Mr. Taylor was often confused with the character actor Rip Torn, who died in July.

“He found humor in it,” Mr. Böll said. “In fact, when Rip passed away, he got notes and condolences. He made a big joke out of it. He said he hoped he got half as much attention when he died.”

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The Great Drummer Ginger Baker Dies.

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Ginger Baker, considered among-st most to be one of the greatest drummers of all time. Only Keith Moon, John Bonham and Neil Peart were considered better. A true pioneer in drumming, Mr. Baker influenced not only drummers of his generation, but future generations that were to follow. He gained notarity when he played with Jack Bruce and Eric Clapton in Cream. He then went on to play with Clapton after Cream broke up, Baker went on to play with Clapton in Blind Faith.
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Ginger Baker, one of the most innovative and influential drummers in rock music, has died at the age of 80.

A co-founder of Cream, he also played with Blind Faith, Hawkwind and Fela Kuti in a long and varied career.

His style combined the lyricism of jazz with the crude power of rock. One critic said watching him was like witnessing “a human combine harvester”.

But he was also a temperamental and argumentative figure, whose behaviour frequently led to on-stage punch-ups.

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Nicknamed Ginger for his flaming red hair, the musician was born Peter Edward Baker in Lewisham, south London, shortly before World War Two.

His bricklayer father was killed in action in 1943, and he was brought up in near poverty by his mother, step-father and aunt.

A troubled student, he joined a local gang in his teens and became involved in petty theft. When he tried to quit, gang-members attacked him with a razor.

‘Natural time’
His early ambition was to ride in the Tour de France but he was forced to quit the sport when, aged 16, his bicycle got “caught up” with a taxi. Instead, he took up drumming.

“I was always banging on the desks at school,” he recalled. “So all the kids kept saying, ‘Go on, go and play the drums’, and I just sat down and I could play.

“It’s a gift from God. You’ve either got it or you haven’t. And I’ve got it: time. Natural time.”

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He honed his craft in London’s pubs and clubs
The strong legs he’d developed on long bike rides helped him play the double bass drum set-up he favoured and Baker soon talked his way into his first gig.

He played with jazz acts like Terry Lightfoot and Acker Bilk but his style – fragmented and aggressive, but articulate and insistent – was often an odd fit.

Instead, he gravitated towards London’s burgeoning blues scene and, in 1962, joined Alexis Korner’s Blues Incorporated on the recommendation of Charlie Watts – who was leaving to join the Rolling Stones.

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He gained early fame as a member of the Graham Bond Organisation alongside bassist Jack Bruce – but it was their partnership with Eric Clapton in Cream that made all three superstars.

One of rock’s first “supergroups”, they fused blues and psychedelia to dazzling effect on songs like Strange Brew, Sunshine of Your Love, Badge and I Feel Free. They sold more than 35 million albums and were awarded the world’s first ever platinum disc for their LP Wheels of Fire.

Along with the Jimi Hendrix Experience, the band expanded the vocabulary of heavy rock, especially during their incendiary live shows, where the three musicians would stretch simple riffs into long, exploratory improvisations.

“It was as if something else had taken over,” Baker once said of playing with Cream. “You’re not conscious of playing. You’re listening to this fantastic sound that you’re a part of. And your part is just… happening. It was a gift, and we three had it in abundance.”

But the volatility that fuelled their performances was rooted in animosity. Baker and Bruce’s arguments were frequent and violent, even driving Clapton to tears on one occasion. Once, Baker attempted to end one of Bruce’s solos by bouncing a stick off his snare drum, and into Bruce’s head.

“So I grabbed my double bass,” Bruce later recalled, “and demolished him and his kit.”

The band eventually split after two years and four albums, with a farewell concert at London’s Royal Albert Hall in 1968.

“Cream came and went almost in the blink of an eye, but left an indelible mark on rock music,” wrote Colin Larkin in the Encyclopaedia of Popular Music.

Bands who built on their template included Deep Purple, Black Sabbath and Led Zeppelin – not that Baker was impressed.

“I don’t think Led Zeppelin filled the void that Cream left, but they made a lot of money,” he told Forbes.

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Following the band’s demise, he teamed up with Clapton and Steve Winwood to form Blind Faith, followed by the ambitious 10-piece Air Force, which combined his interests in jazz and Afro-fusion.

While the musicianship was of a high standard, the eclectic mix of jazz, blues, African music and a surfeit of drums – there were three percussionists – was never going to inspire a mass following.

After one studio album and a live concert at the Royal Albert Hall, Air Force, undermined by personnel changes, finally crashed and burned.

The drug-related death of his friend, Jimi Hendrix, persuaded Baker it was time to leave the London music scene and get clean.

He left Britain to live in Nigeria, where he recorded with Fela Kuti and built his own recording studio. He helped Paul McCartney record the classic Wings’ album Band On The Run, although their relationship soured over claims that he was never paid.

Financial problems of one sort or another dogged him throughout this period and he eventually lost control of his studio.

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Away from music, he took up rally driving and, somewhat incongruously, developed a love of polo, building up a sizeable collection of ponies, despite his tendency to get injured.

“I’ve had a lot of falls which have wrecked my body,” he told the Telegraph in 2013. “They had to take a piece of my hip bone out and screw it into my neck.”

In the 1980s, he played with John Lydon’s Public Image Ltd, while continuing to form and discard new bands that combined his African and Western musical influences, like African Force and Middle Passage.

While commercial success eluded him, his reputation, particularly with a new generation of drummers, remained high.

“His playing was revolutionary,” said Neil Peart, drummer with the Canadian band Rush. “He set the bar for what rock drumming could be.”

Cream were inducted to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1993, briefly reuniting to play three songs, then teamed up again in 2005 for a series of concerts in London and New York.

Almost inevitably, the performances ended with Baker and Bruce fighting on stage.

“It’s a knife-edge thing for me and Ginger,” Bruce said afterward. “Nowadays, we’re happily co-existing in different continents… although I was thinking of asking him to move. He’s still a bit too close.”

Baker had, in fact, headed to South Africa, where he spent the reunion money buying polo ponies and funding a veterinary hospital.

In 2012, he became the subject of a hugely enjoyable documentary – Beware of Mr Baker – which illustrated how his jaw-dropping drumming was neither as wild nor as extraordinary as his personal life.

In the opening scene, the musician was seen attacking director Jay Bulger with a metal cane, declaring: “I’m going to put you in hospital.” He later settled down to reflect, cantankerously, on the trail of broken bands, ex-wives and neglected children he’d left in his wake.

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Contributors marvelled at his talent, but little else. “He influenced me as a drummer, but not as a person,” recalled Free’s Simon Kirke, who toured with Cream.

In later years, he was beset by ill health, breaking most of his ribs and subsequently being diagnosed with a degenerative spine condition and the onset of emphysema.

“God is punishing me for my past wickedness by keeping me alive and in as much pain as He can,” he told Rolling Stone at the time.

The musician fought osteoarthritis to record his final album, Why?, in 2014. Two years later, he underwent open heart surgery and announced his retirement from touring.

“Just seen doctor… big shock… no more gigs for this old drummer… everything is off,” he wrote on his official blog.

“Of all things I never thought it would be my heart.”

Baker’s death will see him feted as one of rock’s most influential musicians, but he scoffed at such accolades, insisting: “Drummers are really nothing more than time-keepers.”

He told Rhythm magazine: “It’s the drummer’s job to make the other guys sound good.”

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Robert Massimi/ Gimme Shelter Productions Presents…

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“A Life In The Rye” is coming to The Theater For The New City. Opening November 7th until November 24th. The show is directed by Joe John Batista and features: Janel Koloski,Tom Martin, Tony del Bono, Thami Moscovici, Alexandra Laliberte, Velma Hodo, Williem Long,Chris Johnson, Harry Bainbridge,Olivia Osol and Annalisa Plumb. The play is written by Claude Solnick…. title by Robert Massimi. Robert Massimi/Gimme Shelter Productions 13th play on and off Broadway.

“A Life In The Rye” promises to be an edgy play. Joe Batista brings great energy to the play as does this great and talented cast. It is the story about the effects of J.D. Salinger’s Catcher In The Rye had on him, his fans and the fanatics. “A Life In The Rye” looks at these affects on the people closest to Salinger, his family, friends and his fans. Till this day, Catcher In The Rye is still one of the most popular books published. It is a must read in most High Schools, Holden Caufield and the phonies.
Don’t miss “A Life In The Rye” at the Theater For The New City. 155 First Ave, NYC, NY. call 212 254 1109 for tickets. Tickets are only $20. “A Life In The Rye”, edgy, raw, in your face great entertainment.

Also coming, Robert Massimi’s 14th play, this time as publicity in “The Girl With The Red Hair”. This story deals with all kinds of addictions. Written and directed by Anthony Laura, it is a spell binding play that promises to keep you on the edge of your seat. With an all star cast, “The Girl With The Red Hair” is going to be a hit for two weeks at the alchemical theater 104 west 14th st. Tickets are $20.
“The Girl With The Red Hair” tells the story of Hayley Jones, a young women admitted into a psychiatric facility who slowly begins to lose her grip on reality, as she struggles to find her own sanity.
It follows its sold out one night run back in July.
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FBI Makes Big Mistake.

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In Atlanta, the FBI made another big mistake. Below is the chronology on the FBI blunder.
Clint Eastwood points this out well in his upcoming movie… You can see it in the trailer.
Clint Eastwood Takes Aim at the FBI and the Media in ‘Richard Jewell’ Trailer (Video)
Fact-based drama explores the case of the security guard who found a bomb at the 1996 Atlanta Olympics — and then was falsely accused of planting it

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Clint Eastwood points a stern finger at FBI investigators and the media in the first trailer for his new fact-based drama “Richard Jewell,” which explores the security guard who reported finding an explosive device at the 1996 Atlanta Olympics — and then was falsely accused of planting it himself.

Paul Walter Hauser (“I, Tonya”) stars as Jewell, joined by Kathy Bates as his mother, Sam Rockwell as his attorney, Jon Hamm as the lead FBI investigator and Olivia Wilde as Atlanta Journal-Constitution reporter Kathy Scruggs.

“They want to fry you,” Rockwell’s attorney tells Jewell as the trailer suggests that FBI agents and the media pushed a false narrative of his culpability.

“Jewell fits the profile of the lone bomber, a frustrated white man who is a police wannabe who seeks to become a hero,” Wilde’s reporter says at one point, while Hamm and another investigator press Jewell to make incriminating statements on tape “to clear your name.”

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The film follows the true story of Jewell, whose fame as the hero who reported an explosive device at Atlanta’s Centennial Park was followed just days later by headlines identifying him as the FBI’s No. 1 suspect.

Eastwood directed from a screenplay by Oscar nominee Billy Ray (“Captain Phillips”), based on the Vanity Fair article “American Nightmare — The Ballad of Richard Jewell” by Marie Brenner. Eastwood also produced under his Malpaso banner, alongside Tim Moore, Jessica Meier, Kevin Misher, Leonardo DiCaprio, Jennifer Davisson and Jonah Hill.

The film arrives in theaters Dec. 13.

Watch the trailer above.

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Adam “Shifty” Schiff, the pencil neck idiot is in a ton of trouble. Of course he had government globalists helping him. Much like Comey and Mc Cabe with the FBI with Russia, this time we have a CIA rat to blame. A rat ship is what these lackeys are and have bread. Unfit to be anywhere else, these government flunkies make one mistake after another.
Instead of the government focusing on Joe Biden and his son, this has been turned on the president. Blatant disregard for there office, both Biden and super nerd Barrack Hussein Obama go untouched. Obama lately has been awfully quite.
Crooked Hillary and ugly Chelsea Clinton actually have the balls to go on TV and criticize the president for being corrupt. Bill and Hill have more hits than Sammy The Bull Gravanno, she has Benghazi on he hands, the email server situation, Whitewater, the uranium sale to Russia, all the while Bill making $500,000. speeches to Russia while its going down and yet they have the temerity to criticize the president. If you recall, this dog of a woman talked about white privilege as she lives in a 10 million dollar condominium and banks $900,000 at the foundation… like her parents, she lives off the people. She should invest in plastic surgery, she is one homely woman.
Bernie having heart surgery. The big commie will suspend his campaign until further notice. His campaign is DOA anyhow so he might as well quit now. Look, he has his 3 homes, new Mercedes and his wife robbed 6 million from that school… he has enough. That college is sure “Feeling The Burn”.

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WASHINGTON — The Democratic head of the House Intelligence Committee, Representative Adam B. Schiff of California, learned about the outlines of a C.I.A. officer’s concerns that President Trump had abused his power days before the officer filed a whistle-blower complaint, according to a spokesman and current and former American officials.

The early account by the future whistle-blower shows how determined he was to make known his allegations that Mr. Trump asked Ukraine’s government to interfere on his behalf in the 2020 election. It also explains how Mr. Schiff knew to press for the complaint when the Trump administration initially blocked lawmakers from seeing it.

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The C.I.A. officer approached a House Intelligence Committee aide with his concerns about Mr. Trump only after he had had a colleague first convey them to the C.I.A.’s top lawyer. Concerned about how that initial avenue for airing his allegations through the C.I.A. was unfolding, the officer then approached the House aide. In both cases, the original accusation was vague.

The House staff member, following the committee’s procedures, suggested the officer find a lawyer to advise him and meet with an inspector general, with whom he could file a whistle-blower complaint. The aide shared some of what the officer conveyed to Mr. Schiff. The aide did not share the whistle-blower’s identity with Mr. Schiff, an official said.

“Like other whistle-blowers have done before and since under Republican and Democratic-controlled committees, the whistle-blower contacted the committee for guidance on how to report possible wrongdoing within the jurisdiction of the intelligence community,” said Patrick Boland, a spokesman for Mr. Schiff.

In his whistle-blower complaint, the officer said Mr. Trump pressured the Ukrainian government to investigate a host of issues that could benefit him politically, including one connected to a son of former Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr.

A reconstituted transcript released by the White House of a call between Mr. Trump and President Volodymyr Zelensky of Ukraine backed up the whistle-blower’s account, which was itself based on information from a half-dozen American officials and deemed credible by the inspector general for the intelligence community, Michael Atkinson.

Mr. Trump, who has focused his ire on Mr. Schiff amid the burgeoning Ukraine scandal, wasted no time in trying to use the revelation about the whistle-blower’s attempt to alert Congress to try to denigrate his complaint. In a news conference in the East Room of the White House after this article was published, Mr. Trump called it a scandal that Mr. Schiff knew the outlines of the whistle-blower’s accusations before he filed his complaint.

“Big stuff. That’s a big story,” Mr. Trump said, waving a copy of the article in the air. “He knew long before and helped write it, too. It’s a scam,” the president added, accusing Mr. Schiff of helping the whistle-blower write his complaint. There is no evidence that Mr. Schiff did, and his spokesman said he saw no part of the complaint before it was filed.

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On Sept. 25, Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi initiated an impeachment inquiry against President Trump, following the whistle-blower complaint over his dealings with Ukraine. Select Congressional committees returned to the Capitol to continue impeachment proceedings throughout the week as Congress remains on recess.

(Pictured) Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., is joined by House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff, D-Calif., at a news conference as House Democrats move ahead in the impeachment inquiry of President Donald Trump, at the Capitol in Washington on Oct. 2.

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The whistle-blower’s decision to offer what amounted to an early warning to the intelligence committee’s Democrats is also sure to thrust Mr. Schiff even more forcefully into the center of the controversy as a target of Mr. Trump’s.

Earlier Wednesday, Mr. Trump said Mr. Schiff should be forced to resign for reading a parody of the Ukraine call at a hearing, an act Mr. Trump has called treasonous and criminal.

“We don’t call him shifty Schiff for nothing,” Mr. Trump said. “He’s a shifty, dishonest guy.”

Mr. Schiff’s aides followed procedures involving whistle-blower’s accusations, Mr. Boland said. They referred him to an inspector general and advised him to seek legal counsel.

Mr. Schiff never saw any part of the complaint or knew precisely what the whistle-blower would deliver, Mr. Boland said.

“At no point did the committee review or receive the complaint in advance,” he said. He said the committee received the complaint the night before releasing it publicly last week and noted that that came three weeks after the administration was legally mandated to turn it over to Congress. The director of national intelligence, Joseph Maguire, acting on the advice of his top lawyer and the Justice Department, had blocked Mr. Atkinson from turning over the complaint sooner.

In response to questions, spokeswomen for Senators Richard M. Burr of North Carolina, the Republican chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee, and Mark Warner of Virginia, its Democratic vice chairman, said it was standard procedure to refer whistle-blowers to the relevant inspectors general.

Adam Schiff wearing a suit and tie: Representative Adam B. Schiff, the chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, knew some details of the allegations against President Trump before the C.I.A. officer filed a whistle-blower complaint.© Erin Schaff/The New York Times Representative Adam B. Schiff, the chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, knew some details of the allegations against President Trump before the C.I.A. officer filed a whistle-blower complaint.
The future whistle-blower went to Mr. Schiff’s committee after he grew concerned about the first investigation he had touched off.

The C.I.A. officer first had a colleague take his concerns — in vague form — to the C.I.A.’s general counsel, Courtney Simmons Elwood, who began a preliminary inquiry by contacting a deputy White House counsel, alerting the White House that complaints were coming from the C.I.A.

As C.I.A. and White House lawyers began following up on the complaint, the C.I.A. officer became nervous, according to a person familiar with the matter. He learned that John Eisenberg, a deputy White House counsel and the legal adviser to the national security adviser, was among those scrutinizing his initial allegation.

Contacts in the National Security Council had also told the C.I.A. officer that the White House lawyers had authorized records of Mr. Trump’s call with Mr. Zelensky to be put in a highly classified computer system, meaning that the lawyers who were now helping the C.I.A. investigate the officer’s allegations were the same ones implicated in them. The officer has alleged that White House aides’ decision to store the call records more restrictively was itself an abuse of the system.

The C.I.A. officer decided the complaint he had brought to Ms. Elwood was at risk of being swept aside, prompting him to go to the lawmakers who conduct oversight of the intelligence agencies.

He followed the advice of Mr. Schiff’s aide and filed his complaint to Mr. Atkinson. And though Mr. Maguire blocked him from forwarding it to Congress, he did allow Mr. Atkinson to notify lawmakers of its existence.

The complaint was filed in consultation with a lawyer, officials said. “The intelligence community whistle-blower followed the advice of legal counsel from the beginning,” said Andrew Bakaj, the lead counsel for the whistle-blower. “The laws and processes have been followed.”

Filing a complaint with Mr. Atkinson gave the whistle-blower added protections against reprisals and also allowed him to legally report on classified information. While House Intelligence Committee members are allowed to receive classified whistle-blower complaints, they are not allowed to make such complaints public, according to a former official. A complaint forwarded to the committee by the inspector general gives it more latitude over what it can publicize.

By the time the whistle-blower filed his complaint, Mr. Schiff and his staff knew at least vaguely what it contained.

Mr. Schiff, after a private letter and phone call to Mr. Maguire, publicly released a letter seeking the complaint and suggested it could involve Mr. Trump or others in his administration. Mr. Schiff followed up by subpoenaing documents from Mr. Maguire and requesting him to testify before the intelligence panel.

Officials in Mr. Maguire’s office, who did not know the details of the complaint, were puzzled why Mr. Schiff went public right away, eschewing the usual closed-door negotiations.

But letters from the inspector general and Mr. Maguire had made clear to the House Intelligence Committee that the Justice Department and the White House were blocking Mr. Maguire’s office from forwarding the complaint.

Congressional officials insisted that Mr. Schiff and his aides followed the rules. Whistle-blowers regularly approach the committee, given its role in conducting oversight of the intelligence agencies, Mr. Boland said.

“The committee expects that they will be fully protected, despite the president’s threats,” Mr. Boland said, referring to the whistle-blower without identifying his gender. “Only through their courage did these facts about the president’s abuse of power come to light.”

Nicholas Fandos contributed reporting.

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