It’s been nearly a year since former Fox News host Megyn Kelly was released from a lucrative contract with NBC after the television personality questioned whether or not blackface is appropriate on Halloween (it’s not).
Judging from a recent tweet, it looks like Kelly wouldn’t find it challenging to step back into her role as one of the most prominent faces of Fox News.
Kelly was reacting to an article from the New York Times which reported that an aide of House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff (D-CA) was approached by the famous whistleblower whose complaint detailed President Donald Trump’s corrupt interactions with the Ukrainian President and subsequently spurred Trump’s impeachment inquiry.
The whistleblower was told by a member of Schiff’s staff to instead go through official channels, which the whistleblower did with their complaint. The aide gave Schiff a vague run-down of the whistleblower’s concerns without revealing the person’s identity.
Desperate to shift the focus from the President to the ones holding him accountable, Republicans are scrambling to create a narrative that Schiff was directly involved in constructing the complaint and setting the stage for Trump’s impeachment.
From this tweet, it appears Kelly is taking their side.
So Schiff coordinated w/whistle-blower from the start. And Blasey-Ford ran to Democrat partisan lawyers/reps in Kavanaugh. And those who said, maybe politics is at play, get dismissed as Trump sycophants. Come on. https://t.co/ERETquA55K
— Megyn Kelly (@megynkelly) October 2, 2019
This tweet is flat out wrong.
Schiff never “coordinated” with the whistleblower. Schiff’s aide recommended the whistleblower go through proper channels: a complaint to the Trump-appointed Inspector General. The Trump administration would then block lawmakers from seeing the complaint, which motivated Schiff to press for its release.
The New York Times article states:
“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.”
What’s more, as NBC News correspondent Ken Dilanian points out, this is a common occurrence.
Intel Committee aides tell me they get 2 to 3 complaints a month, and they tell everybody the same thing: Go through the IG process. That's what appears to have happened here. The only impact of the heads-up was that Schiff knew to make a stink when the complaint was withheld.
— Ken Dilanian (@KenDilanianNBC) October 2, 2019
One of the story’s authors, Matthew Rosenberg, spent the day on Twitter correcting Republicans’ misinformation about what it revealed.
Despite what Trump claimed today, the @nytimes did NOT report that Adam Schiff helped write the whistleblower's complaint. In fact, Schiff did not even know the whistleblower's identity, officials told the NYT. Read our story here: https://t.co/1Tukg5FxR2
— Matthew Rosenberg (@AllMattNYT) October 2, 2019
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. Schiff personally never knew the whistleblower’s identity. That’s hardly “orchestrating” the complaint
— Matthew Rosenberg (@AllMattNYT) October 2, 2019
In Kelly’s words, “maybe politics is at play” for Republicans leaping to discredit Schiff. And maybe she’s helping them, especially by going after Dr. Christine Blasey-Ford, who credibly accused now-Justice Brett Kavanaugh of sexual assault while the two were at a party in high school.
While repeating a mischaracterization about the current fiasco, you couldn’t resist defending an alleged attempted rapist?
Like, Kavanaugh’s apparent sexual misconduct is just what comes to mind when surfacing Republican talking points?
That’s kinda messed up, you know.
— Elie Mystal (@ElieNYC) October 3, 2019
Theres a reason your irrelevant. pic.twitter.com/Oy48CiElvF
— #RIPGOP ™ ✘✘ (@_ReaalAmerican_) October 2, 2019
How sweet of you to completely dismiss the CONTENT of the WB complaint AND the Blasey-Ford story.
Now we have a sexual predator on the USSC and a criminal in the WH.
But you do you, Megyn!!!
— MeanOl Kamala Stan (@MeanOlLiberal) October 3, 2019
People called out Kelly for lying.
Hi Ms. Kelly,
Your tweet is erroneous in many respects and you should delete it.
The Whistleblower and Rep. Schiff did as the law requires.
Ironically, your tweet makes you appear to be a Trump sycophant.
Have a great day!
— Jon Cryer (@MrJonCryer) October 2, 2019
Wildly incorrect. Delete this tweet. I'd think you'd care about spreading misinformation if you want to be taken seriously as a journalist in the future.
— Allison Winn Scotch (@aswinn) October 2, 2019
It's perfectly within the Whistleblower with classified information procedure. pic.twitter.com/dLfSNXZKLB
— Puesto Loco™ (@PuestoLoco) October 2, 2019
My god you need to read up on the guidelines before you tweet this nonsense and make people as misinformed as you and your staff apparently are.
— Miranda Yaver (@mirandayaver) October 2, 2019
It’s surprising that Kelly would leap to defend the nonexistent innocence of a man who tweeted this about her.
I refuse to call Megyn Kelly a bimbo, because that would not be politically correct. Instead I will only call her a lightweight reporter!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 27, 2016
If crazy @megynkelly didn't cover me so much on her terrible show, her ratings would totally tank. She is so average in so many ways!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) March 19, 2016
Highly overrated & crazy @megynkelly is always complaining about Trump and yet she devotes her shows to me. Focus on others Megyn!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) March 17, 2016
Trump also accused Kelly of having “blood coming out of her wherever” after she asked him a challenging question during a Republican primary debate in 2016. Yet it’s the Democrats whom Kelly feels the need to take to task.
Politics at play?