California Democrat and chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, Rep. Adam Schiff, is facing his own ethics complaint filed by his political opponent on the grounds that Schiff himself attempted to work with someone he believed to be a Ukrainian politician to obtain political dirt on President Donald Trump.
Fox News reported that Jon Hollis filed the complaint based on a 2017 phone call which was made by a prankster claiming to be a Ukrainian politician who said that he had graphic photos of the recently-inaugurated Trump.
“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,” said a complaint which was filed by the Republican Hollis and dated Aug. 28.
“The evidence supporting Adam’s Schiff’s violations of the law is compelling and irrefutable,” the letter went on to say.
Hollis claims that during the 2017 call, Schiff believed that he was speaking with Ukrainian politician Andriy Parubiy, who claimed to have had the damaging photos which would have presumably have been taken during Trump’s visit to Russia for the Miss Universe pageant four years earlier.
While Schiff said several times during the call that he would “be in touch with the FBI” to make arrangements on how to access the materials, he also cautioned the person on the phone not to say anything that he wouldn’t want “our Russian friends” to hear, assuming that they would be listening.
The then-ranking member of the House Intelligence Committee was, in reality, being pranked by two Russian comedians — Vladimir Kuznetsov and Alexey Stolyarov, Fox News reported.
“It is clear from the recorded phone call that Rep. Schiff knows he should not be trying to obtain opposition research on a political opponent from foreign nationals. He attempts to mask his wrongdoing by, on numerous occasions, mentioning that he will work with the FBI,” Hollis said in the letter. “In so doing, Rep. Schiff is attempting to involve the FBI in his corrupt attempt to obtain dirt on President Trump. 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.”
Written by Savannah Pointer.