While the impeachment spotlight has moved on from House Intelligence Committee chairman Adam Schiff, he's still finding ways to get headlines.
On Tuesday, Congressman Adam Schiff (D-California) released to the press phone records he subpoenaed from AT&T and Verizon on a slew of Trump supporters, including colleague and ranking committee member Congressman Devin Nunes (R-California), Trump lawyers Rudy Giuliani and Jay Sekulow, reporter John Solomon, and Fox host Sean Hannity. In a statement released on Wednesday, Nunes responded: "The Democrats' impeachment charade is flailing, and desperate people do desperate things."
In an interview with OneNewsNow, Ken Blackwell of Family Research Council argues that Schiff is guilty of a crime similar to that he's accusing of President Donald Trump.
"It's a frightening thought that for political purposes a chairman of the Intelligence Committee of the House could actually subpoena the phone records of American citizens," Blackwell offers.
The records only showed who called who and for how long; no content of any calls was revealed.
Blackwell says in an actual criminal case, sometimes phone records can be useful.
"If [Schiff] didn't have such a record of lying, you might think that there's a legitimate purpose," says the FRC senior fellow. "But this is clearly for political purpose – and I think that, at minimum, is an abuse of power, and in the main I think it is illegal and should be thoroughly investigated and questioned. "
Congressman Jim Banks (R-Indiana) is asking Senate Judiciary Committee chairman Lindsey Graham (R-South Carolina) to get Schiff's and Joe Biden's phone records. Blackwell offers another suggestion:
"In the final analysis … [Senator Graham] should, in fact, call Representative Schiff in as a fact witness and grill him," he tells OneNewsNow. "And if, in fact, there's some code of honor and secrecy, a pact among members of Congress, I know that that doesn't cover their staffs.
"… Their staffs were involved in … the execution of this request, and I think at minimum we should have those staffs subpoenaed to testify in front of the Senate committee."
Nunes, one of those whose records were released, called Schiff's move a "gross abuse of power."