WASHINGTON – Phone logs subpoenaed from Verizon and AT&T put a spotlight on the powerful tools at lawmakers’ disposal as they seek to investigate President Donald Trump in the impeachment inquiry.
The records were some of the strongest circumstantial evidence included in the House Intelligence Committee’s impeachment report this week, revealing extensive contact between Trump’s personal attorney, Rudy Giuliani, and the Trump administration during critical points of the Ukraine saga. They also exposed calls between a Giuliani associate who has been indicted in New York, Lev Parnas, and the ranking Republican on the House Intelligence Committee, Rep. Devin Nunes of California.
Republican lawmakers are blasting Democrats’ decision to publish the records of Nunes’ calls, as well as call records from John Solomon, a conservative columnist formerly at The Hill. Nunes said in a Fox News interview the inclusion of the phone records in the impeachment report is an infraction of his “civil rights” and promised to explore “whatever legal remedies I have.”
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Update: Republicans angry and concerned about Schiff release of phone records (Byron York, Washington Examiner).
WNU Editor: Not surprised by the revelation that President Trump and Rudy Giuliani talked a lot on the phone. After-all he is Trump’s personal attorney. What is disturbing is that Democrats used their Congressional Committee authority to obtain the records of a fellow Congressman and a member of the media. This now sets a precedent, and it is going to be quite a sight to see when this authority to obtain these records will be used against the Democrats.