New York Times reporter fact-checks McCarthy on whistleblower claims

A New York Times reporter fact-checked House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthyKevin Owen McCarthyTrump's sharp words put CDC director on hot seat House GOP leader says he trusts Trump over CDC director on vaccine timing The Hill's Morning Report - Sponsored by The Air Line Pilots Association - Trump contradicts CDC director on vaccine, masks MORE (R-Calif.) on Twitter after McCarthy claimed an article reported that House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam SchiffAdam Bennett SchiffOvernight Defense: Top admiral says 'no condition' where US should conduct nuclear test 'at this time' | Intelligence chief says Congress will get some in-person election security briefings Overnight Defense: House to vote on military justice bill spurred by Vanessa Guillén death | Biden courts veterans after Trump's military controversies Intelligence chief says Congress will get some in-person election security briefings MORE (D-Calif.) “just got caught orchestrating with the whistleblower” at the center of a scandal involving President TrumpDonald John TrumpHR McMaster says president's policy to withdraw troops from Afghanistan is 'unwise' Cast of 'Parks and Rec' reunite for virtual town hall to address Wisconsin voters Biden says Trump should step down over coronavirus response 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 ScaliseHouse GOP slated to unveil agenda ahead of election House panel details 'serious' concerns around Florida, Georgia, Texas, Wisconsin elections Scalise hit with ethics complaint over doctored Barkan video 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.