This is almost too good.
If you’ve been following the news this week, you know that Adam Schiff grossly abused his power by obtaining private phone records of Congressional members, journalists, and supposedly the Office of Management and Budget.
This was all supposed to insinuate some nefarious plot between Devin Nunes, Rudy Giuliani, and OMB to hold up aid as a quid pro quo. Remember, OMB was actually in control of stopping the aid. While Schiff doesn’t even have oversight authority over Nunes, he still publicly released the call logs to try to paint a nefarious narrative that the media happily ate up.
The problem? Schiff looks to have had the wrong number for OMB. Yes, I’m serious.
But the phone calls, a presidential spokesperson told RealClearPolitics, were not coming from inside the Office of Management and Budget: “No one from OMB has talked to Giuliani…”
The fact that the White House are doubling down on saying there was no contact between Giuliani and OMB is significant because they’d have no reason to do so if it wasn’t true. They could simply ignore Schiff’s latest desperation play, as it doesn’t seem to be moving the needle at all.
So what really happened here? Schiff is claiming a certain number is actually the OMB’s direct line. In reality, it’s just a masking number.
RCI has the report.
Apparently Schiff and his staff believe the 395 prefix that showed up on the phone records subpoenaed by House Democrats from AT&T and Verizon belongs only to phones in the OMB offices, something that Republican sources say isn’t accurate…
…“This is yet another attempt to use deceit and media manipulation to attempt to undo the results of the last election and interfere in the next one,” a senior White House aide told RCP. “The number House Democrats are claiming is an OMB number is nothing more than a masking number that appears when White House staff dial out from the complex,” the White House aide added.
Congressional Republicans familiar with the record collection in the report are also deeply skeptical about this being a valid number registered to OMB. one member of Congress in regular contact with the president told RCP. “It is like the (202)226-9898 number from all congressional offices.”
In other words, the call could have been going to any number of executive agencies, including simply the White House itself. The fact that Giuliani and/or Nunes would be calling the White House is hardly surprising or scandalous. Giuliani is the President’s lawyer. Of course they’ve talked to each other on the phone.
In fact, the timeline doesn’t even match up. Nunes, for example is shown to have called back in April, before Zelensky was even President of Ukraine and there was even a thought about holding up the aid. Other contacts came after the whistle-blower complaint, which would be completely expected, as it’s Nunes’ job as ranking member to investigation these matters and ask questions.
What Schiff did was simply garbage. He released phone logs, trying to show nefarious collusion between Nunes, Giuliani, OMB, and the White House. In reality, he didn’t even have the right number for OMB, and the contacts appear to be just normal fare.
When Republicans get back in power, returning the favor for Schiff’s behavior should be at the top of the to-do list. The guy is totally shameless.
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