A shocking report by the New York Times, of all outlets, is throwing into question whether House Intel Committee chairman Adam Schiff helped orchestrate the whistleblower complaint over which House Democrats have opened an impeachment inquiry into President Trump. The report by the Times says that the whistleblower reached out to the House Intelligence Committee prior to filing an official whistleblower complaint. A spokesman for Rep. Adam Schiff, the chairman of the committee, confirmed the report. Schiff had previously claimed that he had no direct contact with the whistleblower.
When questioned by Fox News reporter John Roberts about the revelation, Trump said “It shows that Schiff is a fraud. I think it’s a scandal that he knew before.” The president went on, telling Roberts that he would “go a step further. I’d say he probably helped write it. That’s a big story. He knew long before, and he helped write it too. It’s a scam.”
There is no evidence that Schiff assisted the whistleblower in writing up his complaint, but even without that, the news that Schiff’s committee was contacted by the whistleblower prior to his making a complaint can be a major issue for the Democrats. It would also explain why Democrats, specifically House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, opened an impeachment inquiry even before the White House released the call transcript between Trump and the Ukrainian president.
As GOP House Leader Kevin McCarthy tweeted, “Chairman Adam Schiff just got caught orchestrating with the whistleblower before the complaint was ever filed. Democrats have rigged this process from the start.” He is right – and if Schiff did indeed coordinate with the anonymous whistleblower to make this into a massive scandal imperiling the presidency of Donald Trump, he should be forced out of Congress. This is political swampiness at its absolute worst.