By PoliZette Staff | October 2, 2019

A spokesman for Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Calif.) acknowledged on Wednesday that — as speculation has suggested — the so-called whistleblower who is alleging misconduct at the White House had reached out to Schiff’s House panel first before filing a complaint — prompting President Donald Trump, during his afternoon press conference, to accuse Schiff directly of helping write the document, as Fox News and other outlets reported.

“It shows that Schiff is a fraud,” said Trump in part.

“I think it’s a scandal that he knew before,” the president also said, as the leader of Finland stood closely beside him, at his own podium.

“I’d go a step further,” added Trump, clearly charged up and angry about the latest developments and news. “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.”

He also at one point referred to the congressman as “Shifty Schiff,” and said the current push on impeachment is part of a “fraudulent crime on the American people.”

Here’s further information on this from Fox News: “The whirlwind day in Washington kicked into gear when The New York Times reported earlier Wednesday that Schiff ‘learned about the outlines’ of the whistleblower’s complaint ‘days before’ it was filed.”

“Speaking to Fox News, Schiff’s office denied that the intelligence committee had reviewed or received the complaint in advance, but largely confirmed the Times’ reporting.”

Earlier on as well, at a joint news conference in D.C., both House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) and Schiff had made statements on the hot topic of the impeachment inquiry.

Pelosi was there, as part of her weekly press conference, to discuss the phone call Trump held on July 25 with the Ukraine president — and why the impeachment inquiry she’s moving forward with is very “serious” and very important.

“It’s a very serious challenge  … It’s very sad,” she said, as LifeZette reported earlier in the day.

“I don’t see impeachment as a unifying thing for our country,” she also said.

Said Schiff at one point, “It’s hard to imagine a more corrupt [action]” on the part of Trump.

He talked about the July phone call and the president’s comments and actions after that call came to light.

“What was the State Department’s role? … What was the role of the attorney general?” he said, adding that Congress wants to understand “the president’s misconduct.”

“There seems to be no floor below which this president can drop,” he also declared.

“In that telephone call, the president undermined our national security,” alleged Pelosi, adding that the “sequencing” of events by the president is important related to any funding aimed for Ukraine.

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“Using that as leverage … Undermining our national security, undermining his oath of office … because he was overthrowing an act of Congress just on his own … undermining the integrity of our elections,” she added.

She also said he’s “stooping” to low levels.

“This is sad. We have to be prayerful. We have to be worthy to the Constitution. We have to be fair to the president … and give him a chance to exonerate himself … But he thinks what he did was perfect, so we have that situation.”

The White House responded that all of this action is a waste of time and a distraction for the country.

“All the talk of impeachment is now driving the stock market lower,” said Trump in a tweet.

He also shared other responses to the press conference remarks on impeachment by the two Democrats.

“It is just camouflage for trying to win an election through impeachment,” he tweeted — then said the impeachment inquiry was “bull****.”

“The Do Nothing Democrats should be focused on building up our Country, not wasting everyone’s time and energy on bull****, which is what they have been doing ever since I got overwhelmingly elected in 2016, 223-306. Get a better candidate this time, you’ll need it!” Trump tweeted with force.

Pelosi tried to talk about health care, drug prices and more — and used her opening time to try to focus on that. The press conference, though, quickly moved to the impeachment inquiry against Trump.

Analysts immediately noted that this whole impeachment effort could be a “long slog” — and could wind up dragging itself out for months and months, perhaps even into the new year.

Donna Brazile, a Fox News contributor now and a former interim chair of the Democratic National Committee, said on Wednesday after the press conference, “I trust her” — and talked about how Pelosi had been reluctant to move on impeachment efforts earlier.

Brazile also said she felt Pelosi was being cautious and careful — but many other Americans will have a different view entirely there.

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This article has been updated.

This piece originally appeared in LifeZette and is used by permission.

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