Schiff fights to keep impeachment records secret that led to exposure of phone records

(USA Features) House Intelligence Committee chairman Adam Schiff (D-Calif.) on Wednesday moved to have a lawsuit dismissed that seeks access to secret subpoenas he issued during House’s impeachment inquiry into President Donald Trump.

Included in the secret subpoenas were phone records that Schiff made public during last fall’s impeachment inquiry, leading critics to question whether they were legally obtained, the Washington Examiner reported.

Schiff’s legal team, led by Douglas Letter, the Democratic-led House’s general counsel, told the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia Friday that “these requests and subpoenas were integral to the Committee’s inquiry and consistent with its mandate to investigate and issue a report” regarding whether the president should be impeached.

Conservative legal watchdog Judicial Watch filed suit against Schiff and his committee in December seeking access to “the controversial subpoenas issued for phone records.”

They included records of Trump lawyer Rudy Giuliani.

Judicial Watch pointed out that Schiff’s impeachment report also included “the publication of the private phone records of Giuliani, Congressman Devin Nunes, journalist John Solomon, Trump attorney Jay Sekulow, attorney Victoria Toensing, and other American citizens.”

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Tom Fitton, president of Judicial Watch, vowed to “push back in court” to shed light on Schiff’s “abuse of power.”

The president was impeached by the Democratic-led House in December on charges of abuse of power and obstruction of Congress, which Republicans claimed were not constitutional because they were not violations of law.

Trump was subsequently acquitted after a trial in the GOP-led Senate in early February.

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