Devin Nunes exploring ‘legal remedies’ after Adam Schiff released phone records
Rep. Devin Nunes said he is exploring “all” his legal options in response to House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff subpoenaing and releasing his phone records during the recent Ukraine-related impeachment inquiry.
“We’re going to look at all the legal remedies that we can take,” Nunes said, adding that the situation is “complicated” because of the “corrupt Democratic Congress” and “the fake news media make up and build narratives.”
The phone call logs, subpoenaed from AT&T and Verizon, appear in a 658-page December report from House Democrats, including records of some phone calls by Nunes, presidential lawyers Rudy Giuliani and Jay Sekulow, journalist John Solomon, Fox News host Sean Hannity, indicted Giuliani associate Lev Parnas, and others.
At the time, Nunes called the move a “gross abuse of power” and gamed out how he might take legal action.
“I’m in California, so for sure, state law, you cannot release somebody’s phone records,” Nunes said. “So, for sure, that right has been violated. But, we also have to look at the constitutional aspects of this, and do all the members of Congress have a right to privacy, and can just one member, because he doesn’t like someone and he’s a political opponent of someone, can that member just subpoena records and then release just to embarrass or to create a distraction or to build whatever fantasy-land narrative that they continue to build?”
Schiff, who also hails from California, dismissed the criticism.
“The blowback is only coming from the far right,” Schiff said last year. “Every investigator seeks phone records … Here, we had testimony that the president charged Rudy Giuliani with carrying out this plot. Naturally, we wanted phone records to point out they had those conversations.”
Trump was acquitted of two articles of impeachment by the GOP-led Senate in February, but the controversy over the released phone records remains alive.
Brendan Carr, a member of the Federal Communications Commission, recently wrote to Schiff criticizing the Democrat for engaging in the “secret and partisan” act of collecting and publishing private phone call records. Carr called for scrutiny of the secretive subpoenas and questioned whether Schiff was still peering into private records.
A conservative watchdog group, Judicial Watch, filed a lawsuit to access to gain access to the subpoenas, which Schiff is fighting to keep secret.
Nunes told O’Connor it is an “unprecedented” situation, “especially for a party who claims their for protecting people’s civil liberties. These people are a bunch of phonies, they’re frauds, and they’re dangerous to America, along with 90% of the media hacks that are out there that essentially just work for billionaire Democrats.”
After enduring unfavorable media coverage last week for suggesting people go to a “local pub” during coronavirus outbreak, which his spokesman said was taken out of context and meant to warn against panic, Nunes told O’Connor “the lawsuits will keep coming” the more he feels he is slandered and defamed.
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