Speaking of “abuse of power,” Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Calif.), chair of the House Intelligence Committee, has been abusing his powers all over the place, in my opinion.
Now, one of his actions could be landing him in hot water.
If the latest accusations are true about how he obtained phone records without going through proper channels, Schiff is in deep trouble.
He would have to be investigated, along with the telecommunications giant AT&T and the National Security Agency.
The accusations center around Schiff’s unethical decision to obtain (and publish) phone records of Intelligence Committee Ranking Member Devin Nunes (R-Calif.), the president’s personal attorney Rudy Giuliani, non-Establishment journalist John Solomon, formerly of The Hill and now a contributor to Fox News — and others.
Schiff has caused a massive uproar — and also reportedly has opened himself up to lawsuits and maybe worse.
Wall Street Journal columnist and editorial board member Kimberley Strassel wrote on Thursday, “If nothing else, 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,” as Fox News noted.
Check out what BizPac Review had to say about this story about Schiff:
According to Fox News host Laura Ingraham’s sources, Schiff obtained these records by first going to AT&T with some phone numbers and asking for information on them.
“They asked them, ‘Tell us what these numbers have been engaged in. What calls these numbers have been making and placing.’ They took that information. They went to the NSA, aka the deep state, then gave them the information that it was Rudy and others,” she claimed Thursday evening on her [weeknight program on Fox News, “The Ingraham Angle”], citing “reliable sources.”
If true, this places Schiff, AT&T and the NSA in precarious positions.
Speaking with Ingraham, former CIA analyst and current Center for Security Policy president and CEO Fred Fleitz highlighted all the criticism that the NSA faced in prior times for its warrantless surveillance operations against the American people.
“We know how controversial phone records are, how much trouble the NSA got for using them,” he said. “There are real restrictions on them, and [yet] Adam Schiff used them to get information on Devin Nunes and to smear him, to get information on Giuliani, the president’s attorney, and to get information on John Solomon, a journalist that Democrats hate.”
Equally troublesome is AT&T’s decision to comply with the House Intelligence Committee chair’s politically motivated demands, Fleitz added.
“What I want to know is why did AT&T comply with this request, because when the NSA asks, AT&T always says no. So why? Because a powerful Democratic congressman asked for this information. AT&T has a lot to answer for,” he maintained …
“This really should be investigated,” he added. (source: BizPac Review)
A version of this piece originally appeared in WayneDupree.com; this article is used by permission.
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