House impeachment inquiry investigator Rep. Adam Schiff, D-Calif., on Sunday defended including cell phone records of conversations in the chamber’s impeachment report, dismissing criticism as coming only from the “far right.”
In an interview on CBS News’ “Face The Nation,” the chairman of the House Intelligence Committee said the inclusion of call records was ordinary and appropriate.
“The blowback has only come from the far right,” he said of the inclusion.
“Every investigator seeks phone records to corroborate, sometimes to contradict, a witnesses' testimony,” he added. “And here we had testimony that the president charged [his personal lawyer] Rudy Giuliani with carrying out this plot…And so naturally, we wanted phone records to show they had those conversations and indeed, they did.”
Schiff emphasized “we did not subpoena [Rep.] Devin Nunes' [R-Calif.] call records” nor “any journalist's call records.”
“And that is simply false information being pushed by the president's allies,” he charged. “But the fact that Mr. Nunes or Giuliani or others show up in this scheme doesn't make them irrelevant, doesn't give them a pass.”
Schiff added there was “overwhelming evident” of “gross abuse” by President Donald Trump of his office, and that Trump’s conduct “threatens the integrity of the next election.”
“The president is engaged in a course of conduct that threatens the integrity of the next election, threatens our national security by withholding military assistance to an ally at war to our detriment and conditioning other things,” he said.
“And that is an ongoing threat to the country, and one that simply can't wait,” he added.
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