FILE – In this March 5, 2019, file photo, Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., speaks during a Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster, File)
As Nick Arama wrote earlier, House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff is getting blasted by Republicans and conservative political commentators after he crossed the line this week by way of releasing the personal phone records of, among others, ranking member Devin Nunes (R-CA), two of President Trump’s personal attorneys including Rudy Giuliani, as well as The Hill journalist John Solomon.
The information was included in the House’s Intel Committee’s impeachment inquiry report, which was released Tuesday.
Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) was particularly incensed by Schiff’s actions, and in an op/ed piece published at Fox News Wednesday, Paul accused him of being guilty of the same thing he’s trying to impeach Trump for:
Sometimes the hypocrisy in Washington is so bad it is almost laughable. The House impeachment witch hunt reached that level this week with the revelations that Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff, D-Calif., had acquired and published personal phone records of Rep. Devin Nunes, R-Calif., (the ranking member on the Intelligence Committee), two of President Trump’s personal attorneys, and an investigative journalist Schiff doesn’t like.
This act was brazen and shameful. While it may not have been illegal (because Congress writes its own rules on investigations) it certainly was wrong. It certainly tramples on rights normally held dear by the left.
But most of all what it did was expose that Schiff, for all of his pompous bluster, is doing exactly what he has accused President Trump of doing: using his power to investigate his political opponents.
Instead of another panel of witnesses, we should get Schiff a mirror.
Partisanship is bad enough. But trampling rights and norms of conduct in investigations is worse, and that’s why Schiff should be formally censured by the House for his actions.
Sadly, there will be no censuring of Schiff – formal or otherwise, which is one reasons why I’m with my Red State colleague Bonchie on this one:
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.
Schiff will go whining to his allies in the press about it when it happens, but nobody should really give a d*mn at that point considering how he and other so-called Democratic House “leaders” have deliberately attempted to undermine public confidence in our elections and made a sham and mockery of the impeachment process since day one.
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