Rep. Devin Nunes, despite repeated pressing from Fox News' Martha MacCallum, Thursday dodged questions about House Intelligence Committee report call logs that listed his phone number dozens of times having conversations with President Donald Trump's personal attorney Rudy Giuliani and Lev Parnas, the Giuliani associate who was recently indicted.
MacCallum's questioning drew praise from an unusual source: MSNBC's "Morning Joe," as show hosts Joe Scarborough and Mika Brzezinski spoke briefly about the competing network's evening anchor, with Brzezinski thanking her and Scarborough saying "good for her" for pushing on him, notes Mediaite.
Nunes, the ranking member on the House Intelligence Committee, was listed several times in the impeachment report, it was learned earlier this week, just days after the committee wrapped up its impeachment inquiry proceedings.
Appearing on Sean Hannity's Fox News show, Nunes admitted that "it's possible" he talked with Parnas, but it was "unlikely" that he would be taking any calls from "random people." According to the report, Nunes initiated two of the calls, reports Mediaite.
MacCallum Thursday asked Nunes what he and Parnas had discussed, but he insisted those conversations were not confirmed. Further, he said the committee gets calls "every day" and he personally gets them "from all over the world."
MacCallum pushed him further, asking if the calls were from cell phones or from his office phone, but Nunes claimed "we don't even know that."
"We are sitting with thousands of pages of metadata of numbers," Nunes said. "So somehow they went through there and found my cell number a few times. And what's even worse is that they use that, they selectively used my numbers in order to build on their conspiracy theory that somehow myself and my two staffers, former staffer, one current staffer, that they don't like, because we embarrassed them with the Russia hoax, and that's what this is all about."
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