Nothing says witch hunt more than a pursuit of compromising photos of President Donald Trump.
Republican Jon Hollis, who is challenging Rep. Adam Schiff, D-Calif., in the 2020 election, has filed an ethics complaint against the Democrat over a 2017 call where Schiff allegedly tried to obtain damaging photos of Trump, Fox News reported.
A complaint dated Aug. 28 stated, “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. The evidence supporting Adam’s Schiff’s violations of the law is compelling and irrefutable.”
The complaint is in reference to a 2017 prank call by Russian deejays. where Schiff eagerly pursued getting his hands on “compromising material” on the president — the deejays claimed to have “pictures of naked Trump.”
As reported by Fox News, Schiff, now chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, thought he was speaking with Ukrainian politician Andriy Parubiy, who had offered potentially explosive information from Trump’s visit to Russia for the Miss Universe pageant four years earlier.
“I’ll be in touch with the FBI about this,” Schiff said on the phone call. “And we’ll make arrangements with your staff. I think it probably would be best to provide these materials both to our committee and to the FBI.”
Hollis said Schiff’s intentions were clear.
“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 said in the complaint. “He attempts to mask his wrongdoing by, on numerous occasions, mentioning that he will work with the FBI. 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.”
Schiff’s office claimed at the time that it suspected the call was fake and contacted the appropriate authorities.
“Before agreeing to take the call, and immediately following it, the committee informed appropriate law-enforcement and security personnel of the conversation, and of our belief that it was probably bogus,” a spokesman told The Atlantic.
But Schiff’s staff maintained contact with the pranksters via email, in pursuit of the alleged compromising material on Trump, according to the Daily Mail.
Hollis, who is looking to unseat the ten-term Democrat, is accusing Schiff of blatant “abuse of power” for his role in the call, according to Fox News.
“Watching Schiff push a false narrative over and over again with Russia and now with the whistleblower complaint tells us the only thing he cares about is fake investigations,” Hollis told Fox News. “Meanwhile, we have 60,000 homeless people in Los Angeles County, and his district is falling apart.”
Shift insisted there was “ample evidence of collusion in plain sight” between Trump’s campaign and Russia, even though former special counsel Robert Mueller later found no evidence of this.
And he now leads the impeachment charge over partisan claims of quid pro quo from the president in his call with the leader of Ukraine — transcripts of the call fail to show evidence of the claim.
Hollis’ campaign launch video can be seen below:
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