A Republican challenging Rep. Adam Schiff for his House seat has filed an ethics complaint against the lawmaker over a phone call in which he was caught on tape trying to secure naked photos of President Trump.
The conversation in question involved Schiff falling victim to Russian pranksters Vladimir Kyzetsov and Alexei Stolyarov in 2018. The comedians, posing as a Ukrainian member of Parliament, Andriy Parubiy, promised dirt on President Trump, including some compromising photos.
Schiff, it can easily be determined in the phone call, took it very seriously, even arranging for staff to collect the “classified” material.
His challenger, Republican Jon Hollis, didn’t see it as a laughing matter, however.
https://t.co/D6OfPIP6EU CAUGHT! Adam Schiff gets caught in prank call from Russian comedians. He was trying to dig up dirt on Trump in a secret call with Russian agents. He didn’t know he was being pranked. He was promised nude photos of @realDonaldTrump . Must listen
— Stonewall Jackson (@1776Stonewall) February 6, 2018
Here’s the Complaint
The complaint filed by Hollis was dated August 28th, and focuses on Schiff’s undeniable “illegal collusion with foreign entities.”
“This letter serves as an official complaint to the Office of Congressional Ethics (OCE) regarding Rep. Adam Schiff’s illegal collusion with foreign entities and misuse of taxpayer resources for opposition research on political enemies,” Hollis writes. “The evidence supporting Adam’s Schiff’s violations of the law is compelling and irrefutable.”
Hollis notes that the California Democrat knew his behavior was wrong by claiming to the comedians that he would work with the FBI on the matter.
“In so doing, Rep. Schiff is attempting to involve the FBI in his corrupt attempt to obtain dirt on President Trump,” the complaint reads. “The FBI should not be in the business of teaming up with politicians to use the power of government to dig up dirt on political opponents.”
“Adam Schiff can be heard discussing the committee’s Russia investigation and increasingly bizarre allegations about Trump with a man who claimed to be Andriy Parubiy, the chairman of the Ukrainian Parliament.” Schiff has some explaining to do. https://t.co/74HcIb6cUn pic.twitter.com/WxzJIv9odR
— Nick Short 🇺🇸 (@PoliticalShort) February 6, 2018
Schiff Really Wanted Those Naked Photos
The pranksters involved with the call first claimed that Trump had an affair with Russian model and singer Olga Buzova while in Moscow for the 2013 Miss Universe pageant.
“She got compromising materials on Trump after their short relations,” the caller, posing as a Ukrainian lawmaker, told Schiff.
“OK, and what’s the nature of the material?” Schiff inquired.
“Well, there were pictures of naked Trump,” the caller claimed, adding that Russian President Vladimir Putin was aware of the images in question.
Schiff claimed he was in on the prank – wink, wink – but reality suggests otherwise when he followed up by having staff try to collect the “kompromat.”
“Please let me know how best to arrange pick-up of those materials from your Embassy in Washington, D.C.,” one aide wrote.
In reference to Hollis’ ethics complaint, Schiff did indeed state he would work with the FBI to secure those naked photos.
“I’ll be in touch with the FBI about this. And we’ll make arrangements with your staff,” he stated. “I think it probably would be best to provide these materials both to our committee and to the FBI.”
There is no ambiguity here: Schiff was – on tape – colluding with a foreign government to obtain classified information in an attempt to take down his political opponent.
More Woes For Schiff
Chalk this ethics complaint up as yet another in a long line of embarrassing incidents for Rep. Adam Schiff.
Rep. Devin Nunes humiliated Schiff, the House Intelligence Committee Chair, at a whistleblower hearing, referencing the incident.
“Democrats on this very committee negotiated with people who they thought were Ukrainians in order to obtain nude pictures of Trump,” he revealed,” Nunes said during his opening statements.
A resolution to censure Schiff, introduced last month Rep. Andy Biggs (R-AZ), sought to condemn the Democrat for a “parody” reading of a phone call between President Trump and Ukraine President Volodymyr Zelensky.
Schiff, at the same hearing, completely fabricated the contents of the call for the Congressional record.
Democrat Adam Schiff is blatantly fabricating quotes from the transcript of Trump’s Ukraine phone call pic.twitter.com/rlFfQHmTNZ
— Ryan Saavedra (@RealSaavedra) September 26, 2019
“Schiff simply does not have the gravitas that a weighty procedure such as impeachment requires,” Biggs wrote.
“He has repeatedly shown incredibly poor judgment,” he added. “He has persistently and consistently demonstrated that he has such a tremendous bias and animus against Trump that he will say anything and accept any proffer of even bogus evidence to try to remove the president from office.”
Fox News now reports that 135 lawmakers have now signed on as co-sponsors of the resolution to censure Schiff.
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