‘Hypocrite’: Gaetz Pulls Up Prank Call Audio of Schiff Saying He Would Take Dirt on Trump from Ukrainians
Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-Fla.) blasted House Intelligence Chairman Adam Schiff (D-Calif.) as a “hypocrite” — and he brought the receipts.
The Florida Republican got his shot in at Schiff via a Monday tweet, where he included the edited audio of a 2017 prank phone call between the House Intelligence chairman and Russian comedians posing as former Ukranian Parliament Speaker Andriy Parubiy.
In the call, the comedians offered Schiff supposed “recordings” of Russian journalist Ksenia Sobchak and model Olga Buzova discussing “compromising material” about President Donald Trump.
The House Intelligence Committee chairman said that “obviously” he would “welcome the chance” to obtain copies of the recordings.
“[Schiff] is a hypocrite,” wrote Gaetz, who sits on the House Judiciary Committee.
Schiff: “So, you have recordings of both Sobchak and Buzova where they’re discussing the compromising material on Mr. Trump?”Schiff was told that the supposed “compromising material” were nude pictures of the president.
Schiff: “Well, obviously we would welcome a chance to get copies of those recordings.”
“Schiff apparently has two standards,” text overlay in the video said. “One for him, and one for President Trump.”
Listen to the full prank call audio here:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=20&v=NxHrn6Byz3gA spokesman for Schiff at the time told the Atlantic that the House Intelligence Committee “informed appropriate law-enforcement” about the call both before and after taking it.
“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,” said the spokesman.
Gaetz’s tweet came as the House Democrats began their impeachment inquiry into the president.
As IJR previously reported, Schiff had claimed that the president was trying to “browbeat” Ukranian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy into giving him dirt on former Vice President Joe Biden while withholding aid money from the country during the two presidents’ phone call in July.