Nunes: Adam Schiff Violated My ‘Civil Liberties’ with Phone Snooping
A 300-page report was released by Schiff’s Democratic majority on Tuesday
Rep. Devin Nunes (R-CA) accused House Intelligence Committee chair Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA) of violating his civil liberties by snooping in his phone records and releasing them in his impeachment report.
A 300-page report was released by Schiff’s Democratic majority on Tuesday, which summarized the testimony in its own inquiry.
But none of Schiff’s report had any new information, except for the inclusion of phone records, which was suggested by the report to show coordination between Nunes and President Donald Trump's lawyer, Rudy Giuliani, in order to purportedly smear Ambassador Marie Yovanovitch, or “dig up dirt” on Joe Biden.
But Schiff declined to disclose when, or how he had obtained the phone records, during a press conference on Tuesday.
On Wednesday, Nunes told conservative talk radio host Mark Levin that Schiff issued a subpoena Sep. 30 to AT&T for several phone numbers, none of which was recognized by the committee’s Republicans or Nunes at the time.
When asked if he had been made aware of the subpoena, 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 al live 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."
Levin also noted that the Democrats had also spied on Nunes’s staff and investigative reporter John Solomon.
"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 rejected the notion he was part of any effort to smear Yovanovitch or Biden:
“It’s made to insinuate that we were involved in this somehow, which is totally ridiculous,” he said.
Levin also observed that Democrats refused to divulge any details about the so-called “whistleblower," who triggered the impeachment inquiry.
Last week, Nunes announced his plans to sue news network CNN over a report alleging an indicted associate of Rudy Giuliani was willing to testify to Congress that he met with former Ukrainian prosecutor to find dirt on Joe Biden.
In March, Nunes sued Twitter and three of its users for $250 million in damages for defamation and “shadow-banning” of conservative opinions and benefiting Republican Party by selectively enforcing its terms of service.