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FCC Commissioner Calls Out Adam Schiff Over His Secret Subpoenas, May Take Action

During the House impeachment proceedings, Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA) released a report which included the phone records that included calls made or received by Rep. Devin Nunes(R-CA), journalist John Solomon, Rudy Giuliani, and others. The records in the report didn’t contain the content of the conversations but included who called who and how long the call lasted.

The belief was that the records were obtained through subpoenas to the phone companies of records related to Giuliani and Lev Parnas, with the obvious purpose meant to try to impugn the people whose records were included without reason or cause.

What made it especially troubling was Schiff wouldn’t explain who was subpoenaed or how, and if it was a Congressional subpoena straight to the companies, it was a troubling abuse of power.

Now, as Kim Strassel at the Wall Street Journal is reporting, the FCC Commissioner, Brendan Carr, is calling Schiff out over what he believes are abuses of his subpoena power and Carr wants answers. Strassel called it an “incredible abuse” with Schiff publishing call records of his political rivals including Nunes, even the President’s attorney, Rudy Giuliani. Schiff even smeared Nunes during a press conference with the records, trying to suggest that Nunes was somehow “complicit.”

While Carr acknowledged that there might be instances in which Schiff could subpoena call records, Carr said the problem was that Schiff did this in secret, without giving the people whose records were grabbed the opportunity to respond or fight the request.

If that’s allowed, that’s a tremendous abuse of power if members of Congress can just demand phone records from the phone company about any American without any court and without any check.

Carr sent Schiff’s House Intel Committee a formal letter not only calling out their prior actions, but indicating that Schiff/the Committee may still be getting people’s records.

Carr points out in his letter that Schiff isn’t allowed to get the records from the phone company without consent from the citizen or in accordance with the law — that there has to be judicial review. Nor did they establish any legitimate legislative purpose in subpoenaing the records.

Moreover, as Carr notes, the recent decision involving the subpoena to former White House Counsel Don McGahn has now established that the subpoena power of the Congress as to such things might be questionable, without a court check on possible abuse of power.

Yes, please. It’s about time. Carr mentions substantial fines in his letter but there may be further action that could be taken.

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4 Comments

  1. John W John W March 13, 2020

    Yeah, and I got a Bridge to sell you too! If this gets any traction at all, it will surely die in the long dragged out investigation process, and in 5-10 years he still will not be indicted! Our Government is a corrupt evil swamp, and the american people will never get Justice with the same people who are in congress now! Nothing but Press Material to make us think that finally something is being done! JOKE!

  2. Karen Betty Karen Betty March 13, 2020

    I would truly appreciate all action taken against all the democrats that broke laws to be investigated and incarcerated if found guilty! I am tired of their witch hunts and wasted taxpayers dolllarstrying to find our president guilty of something just because we elected him!
    Sincerely Karen Betty

  3. Jack Jack March 14, 2020

    “FCC Commissioner Calls Out Adam Schiff Over His Secret Subpoenas, May Take Action”

    But they never do . . . . .

  4. Wheelie Wheelie May 8, 2020

    I remember watching some old movies called faces of death and they use to make me feel sick but now if I seen a film with Schiff in it with his head blown apart and the little brain matter he had splattered all over I think I would really enjoy it!!!!

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