House Republicans are accusing House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff of carrying out a smear campaign against his GOP counterpart. House Democrats have refused to explain how some phone records of Rep. Devin Nunes (R-Calif.) were obtained and published in the Intelligence panel’s recent report.
They have cited the records to accuse Nunes of working with the Trump administration to pressure Ukraine to launch investigations into the president’s opponents. Call logs show Nunes was in contact earlier this year with Rudy Giuliani and other individuals swept up in the inquiry.
Republicans have warned the move by Democrats is unprecedented and are now demanding answers.
“So two questions are hanging out that everybody’s looking for an answer for, including me: who ordered it? …why was it decided for nothing but smears purposes to be included in the Schiff report?” asked Rep. Doug Collins (R-Ga.).
Schiff has argued it is standard procedure to seek phone records while denying they were obtained through subpoenas. Meanwhile, Republicans say they are concerned with the names of individuals being revealed who are not under criminal investigation.
— Rep. Doug Collins (@RepDougCollins) December 9, 2019