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“So what? We can’t get felony approval for anything without finding twenty witnesses, a dozen surveillance cameras, a victim interview, the offender’s mother’s statement AND a confession on video…..and even then, it’s probably going to be a C.I. [Continuing Investigation] until such time as God himself descends from Heaven to declare ‘This [redacted] is GUILTY and has forfeited his eternal reward.'” – Anonymous Chicago Police Officer
The quote comes from a Chicago police officer in a reaction to State’s Attorney Kimmie Foxx recusing herself from the Jussie Smollett case. Unlike the Chicago Police Department Adam Schiff goes on a fishing trip with a backhoe.
Adam Schiff obtained the cell phone logs from Verizon and AT&T of a Congressman, a Congressional staffer, a journalist, a lawyer, and an op-ed television host. The call logs may or may not contain content, just the times that the calls were made, and to whom they were made. Verizon and AT&T are in a tough spot. To tell someone from Congress; “Come back with a warrant” could affect any pending legislation concerning them. This may not be coercion, but it reeks of an abuse of power.
From an article written by Byron York, and published by the Washington Examiner:
House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff’s decision to publish the phone records of the president’s personal attorneys, a journalist, a fellow lawmaker, a National Security Council aide, and others has sent a chill among Republicans concerned about the reach of a powerful chairman determined to root out the communications of people with connections to the Trump-Ukraine affair. Rep. Devin Nunes, ranking Republican on the committee, whose phone records were included among those released, called the move a “gross abuse of power.”
The Intelligence Committee Democrats’ Trump-Ukraine impeachment investigation report, released publicly Tuesday, included records of some phone calls by presidential lawyers Rudy Giuliani and Jay Sekulow, Nunes, journalist John Solomon, Fox News host Sean Hannity, indicted Giuliani associate Lev Parnas, National Security Council aide and former Nunes staffer Kash Patel, lawyer Victoria Toensing, and unidentified people at the White House and Office of Management and Budget.
The published records consisted only of the two parties on each call, plus the date and duration of the call. No content from any call was released.
Schiff subpoenaed AT&T and Verizon for the information. Sources involved in the matter have only minimal information of exactly what Schiff did, but they believe the chairman subpoenaed a total of five phone numbers — it is not clear who each number was associated with — from which the published information was taken.
It is also not clear how much phone record information Schiff received from AT&T and Verizon that was not included in the report.