The details surrounding the whistleblower complaint against President Trump have become quite a mess.
President Trump said during a press conference that he believes that Adam Schiff helped write the complaint. And now, even the House Intel Committee Chair Schiff’s office acknowledges that the whistleblower reached out in advance of the complaint.
According to Fox News,
A spokesman for House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff, D-Calif., acknowledged for the first time on Wednesday that the whistleblower alleging misconduct in the White House had reached out to Schiff’s panel before filing a complaint — prompting President Trump, in an extraordinary afternoon news conference at the White House, to accuse Schiff directly of helping write the document.
Schiff had previously claimed in a televised interview that “we have not spoken directly with the whistleblower.” A Schiff spokesperson seemingly narrowed that claim late Wednesday, telling Fox News that Schiff himself “does not know the identity of the whistleblower, and has not met with or spoken with the whistleblower or their counsel” for any reason.
“I hate to say it’s the New York Times I can’t believe they wrote it…maybe they’re getting better,”
“Well, I think it’s a scandal, that he knew, before. I’d go a step further–I think he probably helped write it. Okay, that’s what the word is. And…I give a lot of respect for the New York Times for putting it out. It just happened as I’m walking up here, they handed it to me and I said to Mike, I said, ‘Whoa, that is something. That is big stuff. He knew long before. And he helped write it too It’s a scam. It’s a scam.”
The President continued, “Just to finish on this, I appreciate it. I love that second question, by the way, you should have asked it first. But let me just tell you, the whole thing is a scam. The Mueller deal was a scam. The Russian collusion was a scam. You can ask Putin, no one’s been tougher on Russia than Donald Trump. NOw with that being said, it’d be great to get along with Russia and we will get along with Russia because it’s smart, but nobody’s been tougher on Russia than Donald Trump.”