‘Hypocrite’: Gaetz Pulls Up Prank Call Audio of Schiff Saying He Would Take Dirt on Trump from Ukrainians

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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?”

Prankster: “Absolutely.”

Schiff: “Well, obviously we would welcome a chance to get copies of those recordings.”

Schiff was told that the supposed “compromising material” were nude pictures of the president.

“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:

A 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.

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Dave H

Schi** a hypocrite? Ya think????

William Von Huben

Schiff and all career politicians are the problem, the longer they are there, it seems the richer they get and the more corrupt they get. There are some good ones but very few. We need term limits and ZERO RETIREMENT, that by itself would Stop the greedy ones because the longer they are there the richer they get. Two terms in the House and one four year term in the Senate. This would make the lobbyists work a lot harder, now they get involved and they hook them as long as they are in office! Schiff, Waters, Sharpton, Ryan and… Read more »


>Phyllis Softa< WHY wasn't that same argument used by the DemocRATs when they were trying to destroy Judge Kavanaugh? He had been investigated 4 or 5 times and even the FBI came up with NOTHING. NOW, a few of the Leftist clowns wanting to unseat Trump in 2020 – Kamala (Mrs. Part-Time Willie Brown) Harris is one – wanting a do-over and very possibly another do-over until they get the results they need. Sound familiar? More wasted time and money just like Andrew Weissmann's biased "report" under the Mueller name. That alone flushed $35 million down the toilet. But, it's… Read more »


It says it right in the article Screwtape.

Also, that is not what the president is in trouble for. The president is in trouble for using American resources and his position to benefit himself personally.

This isn’t just oppo research – this is literally him trying to exchange favors to hurt a political opponent in a US election using resources that belong specifically to the American people.

So how did Schiff do that when he accepted a call and follower procedure ad required?



Schiff took the initial report WEEKS before releasing it.

His hypocrisy is that he did exactly what he now accuses the president of doing.

Are you being purposely obtuse?


Hold on… so Schiff informed all proper channels before taking the call and afterward? Exactly how does that make him a hypocrite if he followed all proper procedures?


Interesting. Schiffty got his Carlos Danger caught doing EXACTLY what he falsely accuses the president of doing.(yes, the REAL transcript proves that, unlike the *ahem* parody he pulled out of his Nadless posterior).

Now let’s look at the results. Quid Pro Joe is NOT (yet) being investigated, but is now discredited. Trump is looking at another Mueller. Maybe Big Bob will be remembered as a golf term, a meaningless gesture which does not change the score. “I’m taking a Mueller” on that hole.





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