House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff (D-Calif.) has “trampled law and responsibility” by doing something worse than—according to him and other Democrats—President Donald J. Trump did, wrote writer and columnist Kimberley A. Strassel in the Wall Street Journal.
“Fanatics can justify any action, and House Intelligence Chairman Adam Schiff this week demonstrated where that mindset leads,” Strassel said.
Schiff, according to Strassel abused his power by forcing AT&T to turn over the phone records of Devin Nunes (R-Calif.), which he cited in his final report, in an attempt to prove Nunes’s involvement in an alleged plot to discredit Ukrainian Ambassador Marie Yovanovitch.
“Mr. Schiff claims the ignominious distinction of being the first congressman to use his official powers to spy on a fellow member and publish the details,” Strassel added, specifying that the Democrat could have broken the law because telephone companies are prohibited from disclosing call records without the consent of individuals, except if justified by law.
It should be noted that Schiff ordered the delivery of the phone records on Sept. 30, a month before the impeachment investigation was finally authorized in the House, so such a request would have no legal basis.
In the footnotes of the House Intelligence Committee report delivered by Schiff on Dec. 4, less than 24 hours before the fourth phase of the impeachment inquiry against President Trump began, a very brief reference was made to Nunes’s phone records as “AT&T document production,” without more detail.
Other phone records requested by Schiff from AT&T point to investigative journalist John Solomon, and even President Trump’s attorney Rudy Giuliani. It is not yet known how many more people including journalists may have been included in Schiff’s controversial search.
The media treat Schiff’s ‘disgraceful’ action as a ‘victory’
Strassel also warned with surprise that “the media is treating this [the phone records] as a victory, when it is a disgraceful breach of ethical and legal propriety,” and are even pushing Schiff’s new narrative that Nunes tried to discredit Ambassador Yovanovich.
In fact, instead of protesting Schiff’s abuse, journalists like CNN’s Chris Cuomo dedicated a segment of his program to suggest that illegally obtained records show that Nunes would have participated in the so-called “smear campaign” against Yovanovich.
A previous Schiff ‘conspiracy theory’ about Nunes began when he included information – apparently not verified – from CNN in his impeachment file, which indicated that Nunes had met with a former Ukrainian prosecutor in Vienna trying to uncover information about Joe Biden and his son Hunter, related to the Burisma corruption case.
Nunes said he was in the Middle East at the time and filed a defamation lawsuit against the media, according to the Washington Examiner.
“These evil slime balls say that I was Vienna meeting with Ukrainians,” Nunes said. “Not only was I not in Vienna, I actually have pictures of myself in Benghazi, Libya … in Malta with the remains of an Army Air Corps soldier from World War II that we were loading into a plane,” he said.
It should be remembered that Jonathan Turley, a professor at George Washington University, testified before the House Judiciary Committee on Wednesday that the Democratic attempts to impeach President Trump were nothing more than an “abuse of power.”
“I can’t emphasize this enough and I’ll say it just one more time,” Turley said, according to Fox News. “If you impeach a president, if you make a high crime and misdemeanor out of going to the courts; it is an abuse of power. It’s your abuse of power. You’re doing precisely what you’re criticizing the president for doing,” he concluded.