Congressman Jim Banks (R-IN) just sent a letter to Senate Judiciary Committee leader Lindsey Graham (R-SC) on Wednesday which asked him to subpoena various individuals’ phone records. This coming right ahead of a potential presidential impeachment trial.
The note started, “On Page 153 of the Trump-Ukraine Impeachment Inquiry Report produced by the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, we learned that Chairman Adam Schiff obtained personal phone records chronicling conversations between President Trump’s personal lawyer, White House officials, a journalist and the top Republican on the Intelligence Committee, Rep. Devin Nunes.”
While adding, “The Washington Examiner reported that AT&T provided the all records, likely under subpoena.” Then stated, “With that in mind, Chairman, I urge you to utilize your subpoena power as Chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee and obtain call records for the following individuals:”
They include Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA), chair of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence. Schiff plays a key role in Democrats’ push to impeach President Donald Trump. In addition, Banks listed the whistleblower’s lawyer Mark Zaid. Plus former Vice President Joe Biden and son Hunter Biden. The Bidens under heavy fire for their sketchy personal business dealings overseas.
The Republican from Indiana wrote, “The public has a right to know with whom Rep. Adam Schiff has coordinated his impeachment effort and if America’s national security is at risk in any way as a result of Rep. Schiff’s actions.”
Along with, “Mr. Chairman, we already know that our national security is threatened by pursuing impeachment. In their efforts to build a case to impeach President Trump, House Democrats forgot to pass a budget.”
As Banks chided Congress for dragging their heels on securing a spending deal. “Soon Congress will face a choice between passing a package of FY20 appropriations bills that were crafted outside the normal process (yet again), a continuing resolution of FY19 or shutting down the government.”
Further stating, “I know you are aware of the risks to national security should the government be forced to close while spending negotiations are held – just as running on the fumes of a continuing resolution is dangerous.”
He claimed “If we pass a continuing resolution, the Pentagon and our military will get billions less next year than they normally would. We will have to cut $5.6 billion that would have gone toward deterring Russian and Chinese aggression. It also may mean pay and compensation cuts for our service-members to the tune of $3.8 billion.”
And continued, “We will see $12.9 billion cut from our efforts to restore military readiness, a fancy term that means we won’t be able to do essential maintenance on vehicles, provide training for our service members or recruit new members to the military.”
Concluding that, “Finally we will be unable to rebuild military installations in Florida, North Carolina, Nebraska and California that were damaged by natural disasters in the last year.”
The congressman closed, “This quixotic impeachment inquiry must be shelved, Mr. Chairman. And Rep. Adam Schiff should be held to the same standard to which he holds others. It is time to see his phone records.”