One of the most damaging portions of the impeachment report issued by the House Intelligence Committee and its chairman, Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA) was the call logs showing that President Donald Trump’s personal attorney, was in regular contact with his henchmen, Lev Parnas and Igor Fruman, and the White House.
The Washington Post notes that it remains unclear how exactly Schiff got those records, but it’s safe to assume that a subpoena was probably involved:
“The report attributes the phone records to ‘document production’ from AT&T and Verizon, suggesting the companies were subpoenaed. The report doesn’t say whose phone records were subpoenaed, but the text suggests the committee obtained extensive records of calls by Giuliani and Parnas.”
You don’t just call a cell phone carrier and ask them to hand over records regarding calls made by Rudy Giuliani (or any U.S. citizen) without a document from a court. If AT&T or Verizon started sharing that kind of information with any Tom, Dick, or Harry who happens to ask for it, it’d be a kiss of death for your business and also lead to lawsuits from those who use your service.
There was a notation on some of those call lots that showed a phone number designated as “-1” with no other number assigned to it. Why would the full number be withheld? Simple: Because it’s Trump’s cell. As the Post goes on to report:
“Giuliani’s phone records include calls with a number designated only as ‘-1,’ sometimes close in time to calls between Giuliani and the White House switchboard. The suggestion is that ‘-1’ might be a phone belonging to Trump, though the report does not state that clearly.”
Adam Schiff is a former prosecutor and brilliant attorney. Does anyone really believe he would have subpoenaed the call records of Giuliani and neglected to do the same with Trump’s? And a court would likely agree to a subpoena of the president’s phone, especially as part of an impeachment inquiry, when Congress can get just about any records or evidence it wants.
So if Schiff does have Trump’s cellphone records, you can expect that evidence will come out at the Senate trial.
As we’ve seen repeatedly when it comes to Donald Trump’s crimes, he’s very sloppy, leaving clues and incriminating facts all over the place. It’s a safe bet that Congressman Schiff has collected all of those clues and facts and is preparing to use them to prove this president is guilty of numerous high crimes and misdemeanors.