A bizarre account of a whistle-blower's efforts to spread a trove of internal information about Deutsche Bank has revealed that House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff has obtained the information.
Val Broeksmit, a musician spent years trying to distribute information from inside the German bank after his father, a top executive there, hanged himself in London.
His efforts brought him in contact with journalists and investigators – and eventually put him in contact with the California congressman, who President Trump has said should be arrested for treason and mocks with the online moniker 'Liddle.'
As outlined in an deep dive New York Times article, Broeksmit uncovered the information after obtaining an email login following his father William Broeksmit's suicide in London 2014.
House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff, D-Calif., obtained information after his committee subpoenaed a whistle-blower, according to a new book
Val Broeksmit eventually shopped it to journalists, the Federal Reserve, and the FBI. Another key contact happened when he met musician Moby at a dinner party in L.A., where he was trying to gin up interest in his saga earlier this year.
Moby arranged an introduction to the California lawmaker who is currently overseeing key hearings that are part of an impeachment inquiry into Donald Trump over his Ukraine dealings.
Broeksmit, 43, who is described as suffering from drug addiction and is described in the article vaping and doing opiates, as well as seeking to get to get compensation for the material by being made a consultant to the committee.
Schiff's investigators wanted the information, but rejected that path.
One of his top investigators, Daniel Goldman, tried to entice Broeksmit into turning over the material by stressing the impact it might have.
Val Broeksmit, a musician spent years trying to distribute information from inside Deutsche Bank
'Imagine a scenario where some of the material that you have can actually provide the seed that we can then use to blow open everything that [Trump] has been hiding,' he said in a recorded phone call, according to author David Enrich, who developed a long-term source relationship with