This week when the House Intelligence Committee released the results of its impeachment inquiry, it disclosed that the phone records of President Donald Trump’s personal lawyers were subpoenaed without their knowledge.
Despite protests to the contrary, this is apparently how the Democratic Party rolls — eager to dig up dirt on its perceived enemies using any means available.
The committee released its report Tuesday, which included the phone records of presidential lawyers Rudy Giuliani and Jay Sekulow.
Communications between a lawyer and his client are supposed to be privileged, and that privilege cannot be waived by anyone other than the client.
That rule, as sacrosanct as it’s always been, was arguably ignored in April of 2018, when the FBI raided the office, home, and hotel room of Trump’s then-longtime personal lawyer, Michael Cohen, seizing records and emails.
The phone records of journalist John Solomon, formerly of The Hill, and Fox News host Sean Hannity were also disclosed, as well as those of Intelligence Committee ranking member Devin Nunes, D-Calif.
Nunes announced Wednesday on Fox News Channel’s “Tucker Carlson Tonight” that the subpoenas were secured at the direction of committee chairman and California Democrat Adam Schiff.
"If you look at what he did then, it's not just the president's phone records — okay — or the president's lawyer's phone records, he also was able to get a journalist who they hate...who they say is a conspiracy theorist," said Nunes. "And, he was able to figure out that that was John Solomon's phone number."
He added that "I actually have some civil rights here, too" and said he was considering possible legal remedies.
"And, we have to remember....we spent the last three years, at first if any Republican ever talked to any Russian at any time — even if you are Russian-American — that was a no-no. Then we were criticized," he continued. "We switched to Ukraine. If you talk to any Ukrainian that's now a crime. Now, I can't even talk to Rudy Giuliani who I have known for 10 years. That's supposedly a crime."
In stark contrast to this week’s revelations, Democratic lawmakers claimed to be shocked eight months ago when Attorney General William Barr disclosed matter-of-factly during a Senate hearing that members of the Trump campaign were victims of spying by the intelligence community — apparently at the direction of the Barack Obama administration.
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif. alleged that Barr had gone “off the rails” and added, “He is attorney general of the United States of America, not the attorney general of Donald Trump.”
"AG Barr admitted he had no evidence to support his claim that spying on the Trump campaign 'did occur.' AG Barr must retract his statement immediately or produce specific evidence to back it up," Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., tweeted.
“Perpetuating conspiracy theories is beneath the office of the Attorney General,” Schumer added.
Schiff proved this week that spying by members of the Democratic Party is no conspiracy theory — it’s all about getting dirt on their opponent.
Nunes filed a civil lawsuit against CNN this week for allegedly falsely reporting that he’d met with Ukraine prosecutor Viktor Shokin in Vienna to get opposition research on former Vice President Joe Biden.
Similarly, Democrats are trying to convince the American public that the president’s July 25 phone call with Ukraine President Volodymyr Zelensky was an attempt to dig up dirt on Biden and his son Hunter, because Trump said, “I would like you to do us a favor ...”
However, the transcript of the phone call makes it clear that the president was asking Zelensky to investigate the possibility that Ukraine had hacked Democratic National Committee email servers during the 2016 presidential election.
Why is this important? Because it demonstrates that Democrats engage in precisely the same activities they accuses others of engaging in.
As Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., put it, “By releasing the phone records of GOP members, @realDonaldTrump lawyers and journalists he doesn’t like, @AdamSchiff is doing exactly what he’s accusing the President of - using his power against his opponents for political purposes.”
House Intelligence Committee spokesman Patrick Boland released a statement to The Daily Beast Thursday alleging that committee investigators “did not subpoena call records for any member of Congress or their staff... or for any journalist.”
If accurate, that still leaves Giuliani and Sekulow, the president’s personal lawyers.
Given the events of this week, Democrats shouldn’t act so innocent and surprised when the attorney general alleges spying by the Obama administration. It’s what they do.
Michael Dorstewitz is a retired lawyer and has been a frequent contributor to BizPac Review and Liberty Unyielding. He is also a former U.S. Merchant Marine officer and an enthusiastic Second Amendment supporter, who can often be found honing his skills at the range. To read more of his reports — Click Here Now.
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