Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA), the top Democrat on the House Intelligence Committee, fell victim to Russian pranksters promising dirt on President Trump, even going so far as to arrange for staff to collect “classified” material for the FBI.
So desperate for compromising information on Trump was Schiff, that he held an 8-minute phone call with the comedians who described their own prank as “completely absurd.”
How absurd? They posed as a Ukrainian member of Parliament (Andriy Parubiy) and told Schiff that Vladimir Putin had naked blackmail pictures of Trump.
The comedians first claimed that Trump had an affair with Russian model and singer Olga Buzova while in Moscow for the 2013 Miss Universe pageant.
“She got compromising materials on Trump after their short relations,” the caller told the Democrat.
“OK, and what’s the nature of the material?” Schiff responded.
“Well, there were pictures of naked Trump,” the caller claimed, adding that Russian President Vladimir Putin was aware of these “images.”
https://t.co/D6OfPIP6EU CAUGHT! Adam Schiff gets caught in prank call from Russian comedians. He was trying to dig up dirt on Trump in a secret call with Russian agents. He didn’t know he was being pranked. He was promised nude photos of @realDonaldTrump . Must listen
— Stonewall Jackson (@1776Stonewall) February 6, 2018
Let’s review briefly here because the nature of the prank is rather elaborate.
- The comedians posed as a fake Ukrainian politician.
- The ‘Ukrainian politician’ said Putin had naked images of President Trump.
- Schiff then arranged for staff to collect the “classified” documents from Ukraine’s embassy in D.C.
Schiff, again the top Democrat on the House Intelligence – Intelligence! – Committee, was duped by comedians and believed he was taking a call from a foreign country to collect information about an American president.
If ever there was evidence of an attempt at Russian collusion, this is it.
Not only did Schiff take the 8-minute phone call which, as you can hear above, he takes quite seriously, he then follows up by having staff try to collect “classified” information on the President!
An aide to the congressman arranged to have documents dropped off at the Ukrainian embassy so another staffer could pick them up.
“I understand Mr. Schiff had a productive call with Mr. Parubiy, and that Mr. Parubiy would like to make some material available to Mr. Schiff through your embassy,” wrote one aide on April 4th, 2017.
“Please let me know how best to arrange pick-up of those materials from your Embassy in Washington, D.C.,” the message continued.
Another follow-up request asking to meet for the alleged materials was sent the next day.
“Adam Schiff can be heard discussing the committee’s Russia investigation and increasingly bizarre allegations about Trump with a man who claimed to be Andriy Parubiy, the chairman of the Ukrainian Parliament.” Schiff has some explaining to do. https://t.co/74HcIb6cUn pic.twitter.com/WxzJIv9odR
— Nick Short 🇺🇸 (@PoliticalShort) February 6, 2018
Schiff’s staff claim the Democrat knew the call was “bogus” from the start. But we ask you, the reader, does that phone call and follow-up email sound like a man who knew the information was bogus?
The congressman’s office said he contacted authorities afterward. Which, of course, may be true. But he didn’t contact them to report the prank, he contacted them to let them know he might have dirt on Trump.
Don’t believe us? Here are his exact words:
“I’ll be in touch with the FBI about this. 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.”
Those aren’t the words of a man reporting a prank. Those are the words of a man who believes he’s getting some dirt. If there was any doubt on this, the follow-up email from staff shows Schiff’s true intentions.
Did Adam Schiff attempt to collude with a foreign politician to dig up compromising material on President Trump? If so, should this be investigated? Share your thoughts below!