Nunes: 'I'm Going to Look at Whatever Legal Remedies I Have,' Following Phone Records Release

By Susan Jones | December 5, 2019 | 4:58am EST
Rep. Devin Nunes (R-Calif.) (Photo by SHAWN THEW/POOL/AFP via Getty Images)
Rep. Devin Nunes (R-Calif.) (Photo by SHAWN THEW/POOL/AFP via Getty Images)

( - Rep. Devin Nunes (R-Calif.), the ranking member of the House intelligence committee, said he was shocked to learn that his phone records had been subpoenaed by committee Chairman Adam Schiff (D-Calif.) and published in the Democrats' impeachment report that was sent to the House Judiciary Committee.

(Nunes wasn't the only one; the intelligence committee's impeachment report also details phones calls between and among reporter John Solomon, Trump attorney Rudy Giuliani, Giuliani associate Lev Parnas, attorney Victoria Toensing, and several White House numbers.)

"I'm going to look at whatever legal remedies I have, because I actually have some civil rights here, too. Civil liberties," Nunes told Fox News Wednesday night.

"How did this happen?" Fox News's Tucker Carlson asked Nunes.

Schiff, as committee chair, has subpoena power, Nunes responded. "He notified us that he had subpoenaed some phone numbers. We didn't know who those numbers were." Nunes added that the subpoenas were mentioned in a classified setting, so Republicans couldn't talk about it.

Instead of complying with the subpoena, AT&T should have gone to court "to see if what they were going to do was the right thing," Nunes said.

"They have now set a precedent where Adam Schiff can go get any phone number that he asks, send it to AT&T, and AT&T is going to comply."

Nunes said he's not aware of the House intelligence committee subpoenaing phone records before this:

Maybe before my time we did, but I find it very strange.

But then if you look at what he did then, it's not just the president's phone records, OK? Or the president's lawyer's phone records. He also was able to get a journalist, a journalist now...John Solomon, who they hate, who they say is a conspiracy theorist. And he was able to figure out that that was John Solomon's phone number, OK? So, now, you have a journalist involved. Then he was able to get my number, right?

And because I had talked to Rudy Giuliani and somehow that's now a crime, and then, I make it into his report.

And we have to remember -- I just want to back everybody up. We spent the last three years -- at first, if any Republican ever talked to any Russian at any time, even if you're Russian-American, that was -- that was a no-no. Then we were criticized.

We switched to Ukraine. If you talk to any Ukrainian, that's now a crime. Now I can't even talk to Rudy Giuliani who I've known for 10 years. That's supposedly a crime. And I'm in his report for supposedly doing something wrong. So, this is -- this is wrong," Nunes said. "Whatever is happening in this town is wrong.

And, look, I'm -- I'm going to look at whatever legal remedies I have, because I actually have some civil rights here, too. Civil liberties.

Carlson noted that Nunes is a sitting member of Congress, "and if they can do this to you, then like, you know, what protection do we have?"

"They could do it to you," Nunes warned.


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