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Nunes Slams Schiff Over Release of Call Records

House Intelligence Committee ranking member Devin Nunes (R-Calif.) criticized the committees chairma..

By Sunday Herald Team , in US Politics , at December 5, 2019

House Intelligence Committee ranking member Devin Nunes (R-Calif.) criticized the committees chairman, Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Calif.), over the release of call records of committee staffers, a journalist, and Nunes himself.

“The Democrats impeachment charade is flailing, and desperate people do desperate things,” Nunes said in a statement. “So Schiff suddenly published phone records of myself, current and former Republican staff members, and a journalist whose reporting he doesnt like.”

“Its a gross abuse of power for a congressman to go after his political opponents, staffers, and reporters in this way, but its characteristic of the way Schiff has run this entire show. Hes going to need a long rehabilitation period when this is over.”

Over the course of the impeachment probe, Schiff obtained the call records of Nunes, Republican committee staff members, two of President Donald Trumps personal attorneys, and an investigative journalist, according to the Democrats impeachment report released on Dec. 3. The Democrats disclosed the details of the calls, including the time of day and duration of each conversation, in the 300-page report.

The move drew criticism because the communications between attorneys and clients as well as journalists and sources are considered sensitive. The collection and disclosure of calls by Nunes is especially sensitive, considering that he is Schiffs Republican counterpart on the House Intelligence Committee, which held impeachment inquiry hearings in October and November.

The report shows dozens of call records in the April 10–24 timeframe, including calls between one of the presidents personal attorneys, Rudy Giuliani, and Nunes. The records reflect several conversations between investigative journalist John Solomon and Lev Parnas, an associate of Giuliani. Parnas also spoke with Nunes and Giuliani, the records show. The logs also feature calls between Giuliani and the White House, among others.

“The mere fact I had numerous calls with the White House does not establish any specific topic,” Giuliani wrote on Twitter on Dec. 4. “Remember, Im the Presidents attorney.”

The mere fact I had numerous calls with the White House does not establish any specific topic. Remember, Im the Presidents attorney.

— Rudy Giuliani (@RudyGiuliani) December 4, 2019

“Theyve already taken away [the presidents] right to call witnesses, cross-examine, confront his accusers, or be represented by counsel at hearings. Now he cant talk to his counsel on the telephone?” Giuliani said. “This is CNNs version of America? Coming to a theatre near you!”

Theyve already taken away @realDonaldTrumps right to call witnesses, cross-examine, confront his accusers, or be represented by counsel at hearings. Now he cant talk to his counsel on the telephone?

This is CNNs version of America? Coming to a theatre near you!

— Rudy Giuliani (@RudyGiuliani) December 4, 2019

Its unclear how Schiff obtained the records. Parnas and his associate, Igor Fruman, were indicted earlier this year for an alleged scheme to route foreign money to the U.S. elections. Investigators in the case likely obtained Parnass call logs.

A spokesperson for Schiff didnt respond to a request by The Epoch Times for comment. Schiff said on Dec. 3 that the records showed “considerable coordination” between the parties currently under investigation in the impeachment probe.

An attorney for Parnas also didnt respond to a request for comment. Parnas and Fruman helped Giuliani gather evidenceRead More – Source

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