Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Lindsey Graham said he would not run his committee using the same dirty tactics used by House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff.
While the impeachment hearings were being held in the House Intelligence Committee, before they were transitioned to the House Judiciary Committee, Schiff used his congressional subpoena power to gain access to the phone records of a fellow member of the committee, Ranking Member Devin Nunes.
Breitbart reports the move was “one of the more startling developments of the House Intelligence Committee’s investigation” as the congressional majority used their efforts to seize the personal communications of one of its minority members.
According to Breitbart, Graham was asked if he would be willing to succumb to the new low standard.
“No, I don’t have any desire to subpoena Adam Schiff’s phone records,” Graham said, adding that a continuation of the standard would be “problematic” and would lead to a collapse in “the whole system.”
“We’re not going to do that,” he continued. “No, we’re not going to do that. I wouldn’t want my phone records subpoenaed. Now, if some investigative body outside of Senate oversight wants to do it, that’s up to them. But when House members and Senate members start subpoenaing each other as part of oversight, the whole system breaks down.”
“I think what he’s doing is setting a very bad precedent,” the South Carolina senator said. “When politicians start subpoenaing phone records of another politician as part of an oversight process, which is sometimes very partisan, it becomes very problematic for us to do our job. Now, none of us are above the law. So if you had a special counsel or grand jury, then you would be subjected like every other citizen. But you could invoke defenses of being a member of Congress. You’ll have a certain status there. But when we start looking at each others’ phone records and who we talk to, that gets to be chaos, and I will have no part of that.”
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