Nunes: Schiff “Concocted” Trump-Ukraine Narrative

“THIS REALLY IS A HOAX”

by Sharon Rondeau

Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA28) is chairman of the House Permanent Subcommittee on Intelligence (HPSCI)  Photo:  Adam Schiff website

(Jan. 31, 2020) — In an appearance on Friday night’s “Tucker Carlson Tonight” at approximately 8:07 p.m. EST, House Intelligence Committee ranking member Devin Nunes (R-CA22) told host Tucker Carlson that although the U.S. Senate voted earlier not to hear from witnesses in the impeachment trial of President Trump, there is “bad news” on the horizon.

In explanation, Nunes said it appears Trump will be “acquitted” when the final Senate vote takes place next week, House Democrats are going to mete out “the same exact thing you’ve been seeing for the last 3½ years.”

After Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s 22-month investigation into alleged 2016 Trump-Russia “collusion” “collapsed completely,” Nunes said, he and his colleagues believed “we’re going to get on to business, and then out of nowhere, this Ukraine hoax appeared.”

In mid-September, a “whistleblower” complaint filed by a member of the intelligence community became public over which Schiff, the chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, called Acting Director of National Intelligence (DNI) Joseph Maguire to testify and faulted Maguire for not transmitting the complaint to Congress after it was filed with the Intelligence Community Inspector General’s office in August.

At the time, Schiff did not reveal that his office had been in contact with the “whistleblower” and to the present time insists he does not know the identity of the whistleblower.  However, when witness Lt. Col. Alexander Vindman testified publicly to the committee in October, Schiff instructed Vindman not to respond to Nunes’s question regarding with whom Vindman had shared the details of Trump’s July 25, 2019 phone call with Volodymyr Zelenskiy, which the complaint alleged exhibited “abuse of power” and an attempt by Trump to improperly influence Zelenskiy for Trump’s own political benefit.

Maguire testified that he sought guidance from the U.S. Justice Department’s Office of Legal Counsel (OLC) as to whether or not the complaint met the standard for conveyance to Congress given that it involved the president, who might claim executive privilege.  The OLC concluded that because the complaint did not allege wrongdoing against a member of the intelligence community, transmittal to Congress was unnecessary.

Conversely, Intelligence Community Inspector General Michael Atkinson reportedly believed the complaint to be an “urgent concern.” In early October, Atkinson testified to the Intel Committee behind closed doors.  Afterward, Schiff refused to release the transcript, the sole transcript of 18 witnesses who testified to be hidden from public view.

Nunes and House Intel Committee colleagues John Ratcliffe (R-TX4) and Elise Stefanik (R-NY21) have said that Schiff’s staff played a key role in formulating the whistleblower’s complaint.

“And look:  this really is a hoax,” Nunes continued.  “This was Adam Schiff and his staff concocting — this all together, with people that all know each other.  All these people know each other that concocted this stupid Ukraine hoax that we’ve been dealing with for the last week in the Senate.  So, anyway, bad news for your tonight.  I bet even after the acquittal, we’re going to be working on this.”

Some House Democrats have suggested that additional articles of impeachment will be issued, and both House and Senate Democrats have claimed that an acquittal in the upper congressional chamber without hearing from additional witnesses will invalidate the trial.

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3 Responses to "Nunes: Schiff “Concocted” Trump-Ukraine Narrative"

  1. CDR Kerchner (Ret)   Saturday, February 1, 2020 at 11:42 PM

    Could you provide the name of the movie in English? Is the movie available from any streaming source with English subtitles? It looks like it could provide a laugh or two even to an American audience, even without the connection to Adam Schiff.

  2. Hawaii H2O   Saturday, February 1, 2020 at 5:36 PM

    By the way, there’s also some good news in education, regarding Florida…bearing in mind that liberals never stop their advances. By the way, the following is a great channel that gets too few views…a couple hundred per video. They usually break education stories before the news outlets. It’s called Freedom Project Media. Below is the latest video which talks about Florida trashing common core…Obama’s ploy to stupidify our kids.

  3. Hawaii H2O   Saturday, February 1, 2020 at 2:33 PM

    As I’ve said, I live in Eastern Europe. Today I happened to find the full call between Schiff and the pranksters who “punked” him in his bid to get dirt on Trump, in the form of “naked pictures of Trump”.

    You’ve probably seen this on Hannity. However, the full call is also on Youtube.

    I told my girlfriend about it, and since she likes a good laugh, we watched it. She is not Russian, but she did grow up in the Soviet Union.

    At the point where the pranksters tell Schiff about the passphrases, she says “that’s from a movie.” So, we watched the movie. It’s a Russian film set in Moscow and NYC. It is actually hilarious. The film is on Youtube, as well. You don’t have to speak Russian to appreciate how much Mr. Schiff was “pwned”, as they say.

    The FULL call is here:
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EigGFXOlqg8

    The film can be seen here…it is chock full of every Russian/Soviet stereotype you can think of.
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T3ENYa1gLU4

    It’s in Russian, but the takeaway here is that the passphrases are actually the title of the movie. So, while those in the States would get none of the references, in Eastern Europe many do. And at least fifteen minutes is worth it for getting a feel for what kind of a prank this actually was.

    By the way, in the call there’s a reference to a person named “Uncle Misha”. If you get further into the movie, “Uncle Misha” is the guy that the KGB spy meets outside the Russian Ethnic Center in Brighton Beach, who keeps pulling the vodka away each time he offers it to the spy.

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