This week, House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff (D-CA) released the committee’s impeachment report on President Trump. Buried in the report were call logs of Trump’s personal attorney Rudy Giuliani, House Intel Committee Ranking Member Rep. Devin Nunes (R-CA), and former Hill reporter John Solomon, among others.
Schiff claims that the cell phone records demonstrate “considerable coordination” in a “scheme” to bribe Ukranian officials to investigate corruption by former Vice President Joe Biden and his son Hunter Biden.
When asked how he obtained the call logs, Schiff refused to answer the question.
This creates a lot of questions that are unanswered and deeply concerning.
First, did Schiff lawfully spy on his colleague Nunes, a reporter, and Trump’s personal attorney?
Second, how exactly were the logs obtained?
Third, how does a call log of phone numbers provide that kind of insight? Remember, these are just the logs of the calls, not recordings of what was said.
Did Schiff Abuse His Power?
Once again, it appears that Schiff and the Democrats have abused their congressional power: the exact thing they are accusing the president of doing.
Obtaining the call logs without explanation just proves that all Americans ought to be concerned about the expanding and growing power of the federal government.
In this case, it appears that Schiff was spying on a fellow member of Congress. Why didn’t Nunes, the ranking member, know about his call logs being subpoenaed — if that’s indeed what happened? As the Ranking Member of the committee on an impeachment hearing, shouldn’t Nunes be made apprised of what information materials are being requested by the majority?
Schiff refused to tell reporters how he obtained the call logs which makes this situation even more intriguing.
When questioned about it after the release of the report, Schiff said, “It is deeply concerning that at a time when the President of the United States was using the power of his office to dig up dirt on a political rival, that there may be evidence that there were members of Congress complicit in that activity.”
That is a strong accusation by Schiff of his colleague without proof other than a list of phone numbers. House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) replied, “There’s nothing wrong that Devin has done except once again to get accused of something.”
What’s in the Call Logs?
The questions don’t just pertain to Nunes. What about the record of phone calls in the call logs between Guiliani and Trump? That should be covered by attorney-client privilege. Or, what of the respect for the media that Democrats always claim to be championing?
Schiff claims the logs provide proof of coordination. However, there’s a problem with his claim; The logs only provide phone numbers, dates, and times of the calls.
There is no way of knowing what the details of the discussions were. To assume facts not in evidence is just that — an assumption.
Why Does This Matter?
In their rampant desire to impeach President Trump, Democrats are attempting to oust a duly elected president at lightning speed. In doing so, they’ve opened up a can of worms. If Democrats can get the call records between the president and his personal lawyer, an investigative reporter, or even a fellow member of Congress without due process, then what can they do to the average citizen?
This is a question we all need to ask ourselves as the federal government continues to encroach upon our liberties.
By Don Purdum, Freelance Contributor
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