House Intelligence Committee Chair and California Rep. Adam Schiff is finally going to have to face some sort of justice for his impeachment witch hunt.
The Democrat representative and his committee are being sued by Judicial Watch. The conservative group has demanded the committee release the subpoenas it has for the phone records of former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani and other aides to the president.
The group filed its first records request on Dec. 8 in which it called for the publishing of “all subpoenas issued by the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence on or about September 30, 2019, to any telecommunications provider including, but not limited to AT&T, Inc., for records of telephone calls of any individuals” and “all responses received to the above-referenced subpoenas.”
Judicial Watch said that the information is “of critical public importance,” because the subpoenas were “issued without any lawful basis and violated the rights of numerous private citizens.”
“Disclosure of the requested records would serve the public interest by providing information about the unlawful issuance of the subpoenas. The requested records fall within the scope of the public’s right of access to governmental records as a matter of federal common law,” the lawsuit said.
Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton issued a scathing statement on Rep. Schiff and, what Fitton said, is an abuse of his Congressional power.
“Schiff abused his power to secretly subpoena and then publish the private phone records, in potential violation of the law, of innocent Americans. What else is Mr. Schiff hiding?” he said.
“Schiff and his committee ran roughshod over the rule of law in pursuit of the abusive impeachment of President Trump. This lawsuit serves as a reminder that Congressman Schiff and Congress are not above the law,” he said.
This is not only an accurate statement but a frightening one. When the phone records of private citizens are handed over to the government with no fight given by the telecommunications company holding them that is terrifying.
No matter what your politics are, the fact is if the House could do this to Giuliani, who serves as the personal attorney for President Donald Trump, they could do it to anyone.
It sets a precedent that these records are not private and that they can be used against American citizens. The effect of that could have chilling consequences for every American for a long time to come.
“The records are of critical public importance as the subpoenas were issued without any lawful basis and violated the rights of numerous private citizens,” the lawsuit said.
“Disclosure of the requested records would serve the public interest by providing information about the unlawful issuance of the subpoenas.
“The requested records fall within the scope of the public’s right of access to governmental records as a matter of federal common law,” it said.