Ethics Complaint Filed Against Adam Schiff for Attempting to Get 'Dirt' on Trump
Recording shows Schiff attempted to obtain 'compromising material' on President Trump
A House ethics complaint has been filed against Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA) over a recording that shows the anti-Trump Democrat attempting to obtain "dirt" on the president.
The complaint against House Intelligence Committee Chairman Schiff has been made by his Republican challenger Jon Hollis and relates to a prank call made by Russian comedians.
During the call, radio DJs Vladimir Kuznetsov and Alexey Stolyarov fished in Rep. Schiff who expressed eagerness to obtain "compromising material" on President Trump.
Hollis, who is challenging Schiff for the Los Angeles-area seat he's held since 2001, believes the content of the 2017 call is not a laughing matter, however.
During the call, a phony Ukrainian politician claimed to have graphic photos of the then newly-inaugurated President Donald Trump.
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“This letter serves as an official complaint to the Office of Congressional Ethics (OCE) regarding Rep. Adam Schiff’s illegal collusion with foreign entities and misuse of taxpayer resources for opposition research on political enemies,” one complaint, dated Aug. 28 and filed by Jon Hollis, a Republican challenger for the seat in California’s 28th Congressional District, stated.
“The evidence supporting Adam’s Schiff's violations of the law is compelling and irrefutable.”
According to News Thud, the filing primarily points to that wincing 2017 call that continues to haunt Schiff.
At the time, Schiff assumed he was talking with Ukrainian politician Andriy Parubiy, who solicited potentially damaging information and compromising pictures of Trump from his visit to Russia for the Miss Universe pageant four years earlier.
Schiff stressed in the call that he would “be in touch with the FBI” to make arrangements with regard to accessing the supposedly explicit materials and cautioned the voice on the other end not to divulge anything he would not want “our Russian friends” to hear, warning that they were likely listening.
However, in reality, the then-ranking member of the House Intelligence Committee was conversing with someone far from the political powers of Kiev.
Instead, he was being pranked by Russian comedians Kuznetsov and Stolyarov.
Schiff became chairman of the committee this year.
“It is clear from the recorded phone call that Rep. Schiff knows he should not be trying to obtain opposition research on a political opponent from foreign nationals,” Hollis asserted in the letter.
"He attempts to mask his wrongdoing by, on numerous occasions, mentioning that he will work with the FBI."
“In so doing, Rep. Schiff is attempting to involve the FBI in his corrupt attempt to obtain dirt on President Trump.
"The FBI should not be in the business of teaming up with politicians to use the power of government to dig up dirt on political opponents.”
Hollis is alleging Schiff's role in the call was a blatant “abuse of power” and remains a hallmark talking point as he attempts to unseat the long-standing democratic figure in the 2020 election.
Throughout much of Trump’s first term in office, Schiff – who has served in Congress as a member of the Democratic Party since 2001 – was a primary pursuant of the Robert Mueller-led probe into whether the Trump campaign “colluded” with Russia to secure 2016 election victory.
“Watching Schiff push a false narrative over and over again with Russia and now with the whistleblower complaint tells us the only thing he cares about it fake investigations,” Hollis told Fox News.
“Meanwhile, we have 60,000 homeless people in Los Angeles County, and his district is falling apart.”
“Mr. Schiff is out there with his dog and pony show,” Hollis added.
“But if our district isn’t helped, we won’t get back from the brink.”