Judicial Watch said on Friday that it had filed a lawsuit against Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Calif.) and the House Intelligence Committee for subpoenas and other documents requested by the government watchdog. The documents relate to the release of phone records of President Donald Trump’s personal attorney Rudy Giuliani, Rep. Devin Nunes (R-Calif.), and other Americans earlier this month.
“But it’s very important to point out ... we did not subpoena Devin Nunes’s call records. We did not subpoena any journalist’s call records. And that is simply false information being pushed by the president’s allies,” Schiff said.
Judicial Watch argued in their court filing that it was critically important to seek the records because the committee’s subpoenas were “issued without any lawful basis and violated the rights of numerous private citizens.” It added that obtaining the requested records would provide the public information about how the subpoenas were issued.
“Schiff and his Committee ran roughshod over the rule of law in pursuit of the abusive impeachment of President Trump. This lawsuit serves as a reminder that Congressman Schiff and Congress are not above the law,” he added.
The Democrats’ move to disclose the details of the phone calls received widespread criticism because the phone conversations were considered sensitive, in particular, Nunes’s phone records. Nunes is the ranking member of the House Intelligence Committee.
In a statement, Nunes called the Democrats’ move a “gross abuse of power” but added that it was “characteristic of the way Schiff has run” the impeachment inquiry.
“He’s going to need a long rehabilitation period when this is over,” Nunes said.
Schiff’s communication director did not immediately respond to a request to comment.