The White House has done a thorough job of putting political pressure on House Intelligence Chairman Adam Schiff over the course of the last 24 hours, effectively framing this latest impeachment battle as his pet project.
Schiff last week was under fire for performing a fictional phone call between President Trump and Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky during the congressional testimony of acting Director of National Intelligence Joseph Maguire. The untruths contained within Schiff’s poorly paraphrased reenactment irked the President greatly, with Trump calling for Schiff’s resignation on account of the incident.
The Democratic lawmaker is now coming under scrutiny again, after it was reported that he had advanced knowledge of the whistleblower complaint – something that he had earlier denied.
Schiff – who performed a dramatized version of President Trump’s July 25 phone call with Ukraine President Volodymyr Zelensky during last week’s hearing – was aware of the broad contents of the “whistleblower” complaint days before the partisan CIA official formally filed the complaint, the New York Times reported.
After the detailing his accusations to the “the agency’s top lawyer,” the “whistleblower” took his complaint to a House Intelligence Committee aide, who relayed the information to Schiff, who is largely leading the charge on the impeachment inquiry.
The mainstream media has attempted to spin their way out of this latest mess by insinuating that Schiff’s foreknowledge of the complaint has no effect on the underlying claims.
The President has routinely denied any wrongdoing in regard to this Ukraine phone call.
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