House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff (D-CA) has asserted privilege in his secret subpoenas of phone records including some from members of Congress, Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton reported.
Schiff has asked for Judicial Watch’s lawsuit to force him to reveal information about the subpoenas to be dismissed, citing privilege.
Phone records of Trump personal lawyer Rudy Giuliani, Congressman Devin Nunes, journalist John Solomon, Trump attorney Jay Sekulow, attorney Victoria Toensing and others were obtained without their knowledge and published in the impeachment investigation report.
The motion to dismiss claims “sovereign immunity;” “Speech or Debate Clause” privilege; immunity from FOIA and transparency law; the secrecy of the records; and that the public doesn’t have a need to see them.
Fitton said that Schiff is effectively saying with the dismissal motion that “he and Congress can secretly subpoena and publish the phone records of any American with zero accountability under law or to the people. Speaker Pelosi and every House member should be asked if they agree that they are above the law and can spy on any American.”
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