House Intel co-chair Adam Schiff (D-Calif.) is typically one of the most outspoken Democrats against President Donald Trump.
He has been pushing the ‘Russia collusion and obstruction of justice’ narrative for quite sometime now.
Following a recent vote to release the Democrats’ memo as a tit for tat or rebuttal, after the Republican memo was released last week, Schiff quickly made his way in front of mainstream media cameras to once again bash Trump and imply that Trump is “guilty” of “collusion or obstruction” when it comes to Russia.
But perhaps it is really Schiff who was caught “colluding” with the Russians or at least attempting to do so to obtain what he may have thought was genuine anti-Trump information.
Until Tuesday, not many knew about the fact that Schiff was pranked last year by two Russian pranksters, Vladimir Kuznetsov and Alexey Stolyarov, known as Vovan and Lexus.
The two contacted Schiff’s office and were able to speak with Schiff after convincing his staff that they had nude photos of Trump from his visit to Russia during the Miss Universe pageant in 2013.
Reports indicate that Schiff believed he was actually speaking with a Ukrainian politician Andriy Parubiy and another man who had the photos.
Apparently, Schiff cautioned the pranksters that “our Russian friends” might be listening to the phone call and informed them that they shouldn’t say anything that they didn’t want the Russians to hear.
The pranksters told Schiff, that the Russians had “pictures of naked Trump” and Russian President Vladimir Putin wanted Trump to know that “all those compromising materials will never be released if Trump will cancel all Russian sanctions.”
Schiff then supposedly told the man that his office would contact the FBI and arrange “how we can obtain copies.”
Schiff’s office claims that Schiff knew the call was fake almost from the beginning and contacted authorities.
Schiff’s spokesman said:
“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.”
Believable? Why would Schiff take a phone call and caution the pranksters that the Russians could be listening if he thought the call was fake?
Would his staff continue to email the caller if they thought the whole thing was bogus?
The Daily Mail reported that during the eight minute conversation, “Schiff appeared to take the call seriously – or at least played along convincingly – and emails from the Democrat’s staff to the fake politician afterwards said he had found it (the call) ‘productive’.”
Schiff’s staff continued to exchange correspondence with who they thought was a Ukrainian politician in order to obtain the “classified” material that the callers said they had in their possession.
Listen to the 8 minute conversation and decide for yourself whether Schiff is playing along or fell for the prank, hook, line and sinker.
My guess is that you feel the same way I do!
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