Fox News host Sean Hannity warned Monday that he has a “dossier” on Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA), the House Intelligence Committee chairman who has faced multiple calls to resign for peddling the Russia collusion conspiracy theory.
The alarming allegation came during an interview with ranking House Intelligence member Devin Nunes (R-CA) who is suing the McClatchy Company for one of their reporters allegedly conspiring with a political operative to interfere in his investigation of the Hillary Clinton campaign and Russian election interference.
Nunes, who also has a $250 million lawsuit filed for defamation against Twitter and one of its users, warned that he was “com[ing] after” anyone who “lied” or “defamed” him.
Hannity requested that the “cowardly” Schiff be added to the list of those being sued.
He added, “I have a dossier on Schiff.”
What’s He Talking About?
Hannity doesn’t appear to be dropping any bombshells about having compiled an actual dossier of salacious material about Schiff, the way Democrats and anti-Trump Republicans did with the thinly-sourced, factually-lacking Steele dossier.
Rather, he seems to be referencing material already in the public domain. Material well-documented, especially for readers of The Political Insider.
The Fox personality has for weeks claimed to be offering Schiff a full three hours on his show to explain his actions when he 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.
“I have him in his own words documented. I offered him three hours on radio and one hour here,” Hannity told Nunes. “I got a tape of him colluding with a Russia, or somebody believed to be a Russian that had compromising materials of naked pictures of Trump. He was hyperventilating on the phone call and didn’t know it was a hoax.”
“I have him in his own words, documented. I offered him three hours on radio and one hour here.” pic.twitter.com/BRcZeJdmwU
— Washington Examiner (@dcexaminer) April 9, 2019
The Phone Call
In February of last year, Schiff engaged in an 8-minute phone call with a pair of Russian comedians posing as a Ukrainian member of Parliament (Andriy Parubiy) alleging that Vladimir Putin had naked blackmail pictures of Trump.
Schiff didn’t have a revelation that the claims were “completely absurd,” a description the pranksters themselves used. He didn’t hang up the phone. He talked at length with them and arranged for a staffer to pick up the compromising material at the Ukrainian Embassy.
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
“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
Hannity has previously referred to the audio tape as “Russian collusion in plain sight.”
He’s right. This is the top Democrat on the House Intelligence Committee, acting on the belief he was taking a call from a foreign country to collect information about an American president.
It is proof of everything Schiff has accused Trump of over the last two years.
Whether or not Hannity has already done so, somebody really should be putting this information into a dossier format, interview the Russian comedians, and investigate Schiff for collusion.