Representative Devin Nunes (R-Calif.), ranking member of the House Intelligence Committee, said on Wednesday that Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff (D-Calif.) violated Nunes’ civil liberties when he examined his phone records and published them in the Tuesday-released impeachment report.
The 300-page Schiff-authored report summarized the testimony of the Intelligence Committee’s witnesses and was sent to the Judiciary Committee, which conducted its first hearing on Wednesday and will ultimately vote on whether to approve articles of impeachment against President Trump.
The report did not contain any new information, with the exception of the revelation that Schiff examined Nunes’ phone records, which the report claimed showed coordination between the Republican lawmaker and President Trump’s lawyer, Rudy Giuliani, allegedly with the aim of smearing former ambassador to Ukraine Marie Yovanovitch and digging up dirt on Joe Biden.
“Phone records show contacts between Mr. Giuliani, Mr. Parnas, Representative Devin Nunes, and Mr. Solomon,” the report reads. “Specifically, Mr. Giuliani and Mr. Parnas were in contact with one another, as well as with Mr. Solomon. Phone records also show contacts on April 10 between Mr. Giuliani and Rep. Nunes, consisting of three short calls in rapid succession, followed by a text message, and ending with a nearly three minute call.”
In a press conference, Schiff did not say when or how he obtained his fellow congressman’s phone records. But Nunes told talk-radio host Mark Levin Wednesday evening that Schiff issued a subpoena September 30 to AT&T for several phone numbers — none of which Nunes or Intelligence Committee Republicans recognized at the time.
When asked if he knew about the subpoena at the time it was issued, Nunes said:
Yes and no — and I’m not being wishy-washy here. We got the — he [Schiff] has to inform us of a subpoena. He informed us, showed us the subpoena on September 30th. They were random numbers — there were five random numbers. We didn’t know what the hell these numbers were about. So we didn’t know what they were working on — they don’t have to tell us what they are working on. And then, middle of November, just a few weeks ago, we get three thousand pages of phone records. What the hell is this, right? No names associated with the numbers.
And so still, today, we don’t know who all five of those numbers belong to. The only reason I know about the one number is because I have Rudy Giuliani’s personal cell phone number. And so then they were able to get all the calls that I had with Rudy Giuliani, which — I mean, the joke is, I had, like, three calls with Rudy Giuliani — and then they used it to smear me in their report, again, that somehow Rudy Giuliani and I were conspiring to get an ambassador fired — an ambassador who I hadn’t even heard of until they brought her in a few weeks ago. It’s just nutty stuff.
After Levin noted that Schiff had also pried into Nunes’ staff and reporter John Solomon, Nunes replied:
I’m going to be looking for all my legal options on this, too. I mean, my civil liberties were violated here.… Adam Schiff, just because he’s chairman, doesn’t have the right to go subpoena — put a big fishing net out there — go grab a bunch of phone numbers, and have AT&T give you all the people they’ve talked to, and then him smear me and say, “Oh, he had all these conversations with Rudy Giuliani.”
Nunes also dispelled the notion of involvement with any effort to smear Yovanovitch or Biden. “It’s made to insinuate that we were involved in this somehow, which is totally ridiculous,” he told Levin, saying that he spoke with Giualiani at the time Special Counsel Robert Mueller released his report on alleged “Russian collusion.”
This week, Nunes sued CNN for defamation after the outlet reported that he traveled to Ukraine in 2018 to meet with prosecutor Victor Shokin, who was fired at the insistence of Joe Biden in 2016 while investigating the natural gas firm Burisma Holdings — where Biden’s son, Hunter, was serving as a board member making $50,000 a month.
Nunes was in Benghazi, Libya, on official business for the Intelligence Committee during the time period CNN claimed he was in Ukraine.
“I’ve been used to this for the last three years,” Nunes told Fox News. “The House Intelligence Committee Republicans, we continue to expose Democrat corruption over and over again. And what always happens is right when we expose them ... they go out to kill the messenger.”
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