Fox News host Sean Hannity claims to have some dirt on House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff.
During an interview with Republican Congressman and Ranking Member of the House Intelligence Committee Devin Nunes, Hannity revealed that he has a “dossier” proving Schiff colluded with Russia, or Russian entities, to try to hurt Trump.
While Nunes was speaking about all those people who “lied” and “defamed” Trump, Hannity said Schiff should be added to his list. Nunes did not provide the names of any individuals named in the eight referrals he sent to Attorney General William Barr, the Washington Examiner reports.
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During an interview on Hannity’s evening program, House Intelligence ranking member Devin Nunes, R-Calif., talked up his new $150 million lawsuit against the McClatchy Company and others for allegedly conspiring with a political operative to hinder his investigative work into Hillary Clinton and Russian interference. To all the people who “lied” and “defamed,” Nunes said, “We are going to come after you.”
Hannity suggested “cowardly” Schiff be added to the list, before saying, “I have a dossier on Schiff.”
"I'm serious. I'm coming to clean up all of the mess. So, if you're out there and you lied and you defamed, we're going to come after you." – @DevinNunes
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Nunes initially dismissed Hannity’s suggestion to go after Schiff when Hannity pressed him again.
“I have him in his own words documented. I offered him three hours on radio and one hour here,” Hannity said via the report. “I got a tape of him colluding with a Russian, or somebody believed to be a Russian that had compromising materials of naked pictures of Trump. He was hyperventilating on the phone call and didn’t know it was a hoax.”
The Washington Examiner adds:
He appeared to be referencing Schiff being pranked by Russian comedians who offered nude photos of Trumpduring an April 2017 phone call. Although a spokesman for Schiff claimed the congressman knew it was “bogus” and informed law enforcement, the Daily Mail reported that a member of Schiff’s staff continued correspondence with the pranksters via email, seeking the damaging material on Trump. Last year Hannity played a clip of Russian pranksters Vladimir Kuznetsov and Alexey Stolyarov, better known as Vovan and Lexus, claiming to Schiff that they had compromising images of a “naked” Trump.
Schiff’s insistence on there being collusion has become a flashpoint between Democrats and Republicans, particularly after special counsel Robert Mueller submitted his final report last month. Mueller did not establish that there was conspiracy between the Trump campaign and the Kremlin, according to a summary from Attorney General William Barr.
Nunes said his referrals would uproot a “bunch of people who wanted to be the next Watergate Deep Throat within the FBI and DOJ.”