Judicial Watch on Friday, Dec. 20 sued the House Intelligence Committee and its chairman, Adam Schiff (D-Calif.), for records related to Schiff’s phone spying on House Intelligence Committee Ranking Member Devin Nunes, a journalist, and the lawyer of the president.
Schiff included phone logs purporting to document communications between Nunes, journalist John Solomon, and presidential lawyer Rudy Giuliani, among others.
He attempted to connect them in a plot to smear the reputation of then-U.S. Ambassador to Ukraine Marie Yovanovitch, whom President Donald Trump had the constitutional authority to fire for any reason.
A press release from Judicial Watch clarified, the phone records led to the publication of the private phone records of Giuliani, Nunes, Solomon, Trump attorney Jay Sekulow, attorney Victoria Toensing, and other American citizens.
Judicial Watch filed the lawsuit under the public’s common-law right of public access to examine government records after it received no response to a Dec. 6, 2019, records request (Judicial Watch v Adam Schiff and U.S. House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence (No. 1:19-cv-03790)):
- All subpoenas issued by the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence on or about Sept. 30, 2019, to any telecommunications provider including, but not limited to AT&T Inc., for records of telephone calls of any individuals;
- All responses received to the above-referenced subpoenas.
Judicial Watch also accused Schiff of abusing his power. He allegedly used a subpoena to AT&T for the records of several unidentified phone numbers.
But the fact is Schiff was trying to remake the phone conversations of his targets, which he then published in the Intelligence Committee’s impeachment report. Schiff did not cite any legal authority for his actions, which arguably violated the First, Fourth, and Sixth Amendments to the Constitution.
Nunes said on Dec. 7, that he plans to take legal action after his phone records were leaked in the committee’s impeachment inquiry report of Schiff.
“I believe I am the first member ever to have [my] phone records exposed like this,” Nunes told Fox News. “We’re definitely going to take legal action. We need to get to court to try to stop that from happening again.”