Trump tried to float the conspiracy that Adam Schiff wrote the whistleblower complaint about the Ukraine call, but it was immediately knocked down by the whistleblower’s lawyer.
Trump said during a press conference at the White House, “I think it’s a scandal he knew before. I go a step further, I think he probably helped write it. That’s what the word is. And I think it’s — I give a lot of respect for the New York Times for putting it out. Just happened as I’m walking up here they handed it to me. And I said to Mike, I said, whoa. That’s something. That’s big stuff. That’s a big story. He knew long before and he helped write it, too. It’s a scam. It’s a scam.”
An attorney representing the intelligence whistleblower told CNN that no one from House Intelligence Committee helped his client write the complaint…The whistleblower’s attorney, Mark Zaid, was asked by CNN if Schiff or the Intel Committee helped with the complaint in any way, his response: “Absolutely not.”
This is one of the fastest deaths for a Trump conspiracy theory in a long time.
The media used to run with Trump’s made up conspiracies and fact check them later if they ever fact-checked them at all.
One of the biggest changes in how the press covers “The Boy Who Cried Fake News” is that they no longer take anything that Trump says at face value. Everything must be fact-checked in real-time if possible.
Adam Schiff didn’t write the whistleblower statement. No one before Trump ever suggested that he did.
The conspiracy theory was killed off before it ever had a chance to run.
This doesn’t mean that Trump won’t tweet about it hundreds of times, but that The New York Times story isn’t going to save him from impeachment.
Mr. Easley is the founder/managing editor and Senior White House and Congressional correspondent for PoliticusUSA. Jason has a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science. His graduate work focused on public policy, with a specialization in social reform movements.
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