Schiff: Blowback to obtaining phone records 'has only come from the far right'

House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam SchiffAdam Bennett SchiffRepublicans show little enthusiasm for impeachment witness swap Meadows: Republicans who break with Trump could face political repercussions Schiff: Senate cannot have 'meaningful trial' without Bolton MORE (D-Calif.) on Sunday defended obtaining phone records in the House’s impeachment inquiry, saying only “the far right” has raised objections.

“The blowback has only come from the far right,” Schiff told CBS’s Margaret Brennan on “Face the Nation.” “Every investigator seeks phone records to corroborate, sometimes to contradict, a witness’s testimony.”


Schiff also clarified that the committee had not subpoenaed call records for ranking member Devin NunesDevin Gerald NunesDemocratic lawmaker dismisses GOP lawsuit threat: 'Take your letter and shove it' House Democrats release second batch of Parnas materials Democratic lawmaker says Nunes threatened to sue him over criticism MORE (R-Calif.), saying, “That is simply false information being pushed by the president’s allies.”

“The fact that Mr. Nunes or [Rudy] Giuliani or others show up in this scheme doesn’t make them irrelevant, doesn’t give them a pass,” he added.

Schiff declined to say exactly what articles of impeachment the House would file but said, “As a former prosecutor, it’s always been, you know, my strategy in a charging decision — and an impeachment in the House is essentially a charging decision — to charge those that there is the strongest and most overwhelming evidence and not try to charge everything, even though you could charge other things.”

The Intelligence Committee chairman declined to say whether information from special counsel Robert MuellerRobert (Bob) Swan MuellerSchiff: Trump acquittal in Senate trial would not signal a 'failure' Jeffries blasts Trump for attack on Thunberg at impeachment hearing Live coverage: House Judiciary to vote on impeachment after surprise delay MORE’s report would be included in articles of impeachment, saying, "There is overwhelming evidence that the president sought to coerce Ukraine into interfering in our election, essentially sought to cheat in our next election by getting a foreign government to weigh in. That is a very serious business, and it imperils our national security. It's a gross abuse of his office."

“I think we should focus on those issues that provide the greatest threat to the country, and the president is engaged in a course of conduct that threatens the integrity of the next election,” he added.