Adam Schiff, the ranking Democrat on the House Intelligence Committee from California, was the victim of a prank phone call by Russian comedians who offered to give him ‘compromising’ dirt on Donald Trump, including nude photos of the president and a Russian reality show star.
After the prank call, Schiff’s staff actually engaged in correspondence with what they thought was a Ukrainian politician to try and obtain the ‘classified’ material promised on the call.
You can listen to the audio recording of the call yourself on-line.
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You can hear Schiff discussing his committee’s Russia investigation and other allegations about Trump with a man who claimed to be Andriy Parubiy, the chairman of the Ukrainian Parliament.
The call was actually from two Russian comedians nicknamed ‘Vovan’ and ‘Lexus’ who have become notorious for their phony calls to high-ranking American officials.
In the recording of the eight minute conversation, Schiff appeared to take the call seriously, and emails from the Democrat’s staff to the fake politician afterwards said he had found it ‘productive.’
The call took place on April 10, 2017. In the conversation, a caller identified himself as Andriy Parubiy, the speaker of Ukraine’s parliament. In fact, “Parubiy” was two people, Vladimir “Vovan” Kuznetsov and Alexey “Lexus” Stolyarov, who have previously prank-called Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., and Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz.
During this call, “Parubiy,” claimed that Trump met Russian model and singer Olga Buzova while in Moscow for the 2013 Miss Universe pageant, and that the two had had a brief affair.
“She got compromising materials on Trump after their short relations,” the caller told Schiff.
“OK, and what’s the nature” of the material? Schiff asked.
“Well, there were pictures of naked Trump,” the caller said, adding that Russian President Vladimir Putin was made aware of the “images” by Ksenia Sobchak, a Russian journalist he described as “the goddaughter of Putin.”
“Parubiy” assured Schiff that he could provide records of Sobchak and Buzova discussing the images. He also claimed that the former national security adviser Michael Flynn met with another Russian singer, Arkadiy Ukupnik, in a Brooklyn cafe to discuss keeping the supposed images under wraps.
On the flip side, the explosive FISA memo that details wrongdoing by the FBI and the Department of Justice against President Trump shouldn’t be released because the American people wouldn’t understand what it means, according to Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Calif.).
Hmmm, we may understand much better than you think Mr. Schiff.
Someone once said, “stupid is as stupid does.”
Portions taken from an article posted on Redstate.com February 6, 2018, and from an article by Samuel Chamberlain of Fox News.