New York Times reporter fact-checks McCarthy on whistleblower claims

A New York Times reporter fact-checked House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthyKevin Owen McCarthyHouse Republicans call impeachment hearing 'boring,' dismiss Taylor testimony as hearsay The Hill's Morning Report - Diplomats kick off public evidence about Trump, Ukraine House Republicans prepare for public impeachment proceedings with mock hearing MORE (R-Calif.) on Twitter after McCarthy claimed an article reported that House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam SchiffAdam Bennett SchiffGraham: Senate trial 'must expose the whistleblower' Graham says Schiff should be a witness in Trump impeachment trial Democrats seize on new evidence in first public impeachment hearing MORE (D-Calif.) “just got caught orchestrating with the whistleblower” at the center of a scandal involving President TrumpDonald John TrumpGOP senators balk at lengthy impeachment trial Warren goes local in race to build 2020 movement 2020 Democrats make play for veterans' votes MORE.

“Chairman Adam Schiff just got caught orchestrating with the whistleblower before the complaint was ever filed. Democrats have rigged this process from the start,” McCarthy tweeted Wednesday, linking to an article co-authored by reporter Matthew Rosenberg.

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“Nope. Not what the NYT reported. The whistleblower went to an intel committee staffer with a vague account of the complaint, and was told to file through proper channels,” Rosenberg tweeted in response. 

“Schiff personally never knew the whistleblower’s identity. That’s hardly ‘orchestrating’ the complaint,” he added.

Trump and his allies have seized on the Times article, which also says the aide in question told the whistleblower to hire a lawyer and file a complaint through formal channels. “That’s what they’re supposed to do,” Schiff said in a tweet.

House Minority Whip Steve ScaliseStephen (Steve) Joseph ScaliseLive updates on impeachment: Schiff fires warning at GOP over whistleblower Bottom Line Trump allies assail impeachment on process while House Democrats promise open hearings soon MORE (R-La.) claimed the Times article was evidence of a “deep state scheme,” while Trump himself, without evidence, said Schiff “probably helped write” the whistleblower complaint, which largely aligns with a summary of a July call between Trump and Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky released by the White House itself.

The Hill has reached out to McCarthy's office for comment.