One of the new “pieces of evidence” alleged by Democrats on the eve of the impeachment trial in the Senate is a note Lev Parnas claims he wrote about asking President Zelensky for an investigation.
Among the evidence just produced by the House Intelligence Committee – a note from Parnas saying "get Zalensky to Annonce that the Biden case will be investigated" pic.twitter.com/nswPgc1kmF
— Nicholas Wu (@nicholaswu12) January 14, 2020
The problem of course with this “note” is that there’s no date and no way of telling when it was actually written, it could have been written yesterday. So it’s pretty much useless for proving anything.
Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) not only made that point in a great “mock note” but he also trolled House Intel Chair Adam Schiff (D-CA).
— Senator Rand Paul (@RandPaul) January 16, 2020
From Daily Wire:
“An anonymous ‘whistleblower’ informs us that this was found in a hotel room that [Rep. Adam Schiff] recently check out of. Hmmm…,” Senator Paul captioned a mock photo of a note.
“Things to do,” the fake note reads, “Remember to tap Devin Nunes phone.”
Paul’s note was calling out Schiff’s use of an “anonymous whistleblower” to start the impeachment inquiry as well as Schiff’s subpoenaing of call records from AT&T and Verizon and publishing them in the House impeachment report. The records published only included the metadata of who called who and how long the call lasted. Among the call records reported to have been subpoenaed were those of the president’s attorney Rudy Giuliani and Lev Parnas. But the records of other people such as ranking member Devin Nunes and one of his assistants, as well as other people were also included in the reports, including journalist John Solomon and the president’s attorney Jay Sekulow, which they obtained likely because those people spoke with Giuliani. Schiff’s committee spokesperson has denied subpoenaing any member of Congress or any journalist.
Nunes called it out at the time when the report came out.
“They have now set a precedent where Adam Schiff can go get any phone number he has to AT&T and AT&T is going to comply,” the congressman explained, according to Fox.
“If you look at what he did then, it’s not just the president’s phone records — okay — or the president’s lawyer’s phone records, he also was able to get a journalist who they hate … who they say is a conspiracy theorist,” continued Nunes. “And, he was able to figure out that that was John Solomon’s phone number.”
“Then, he was able to get my number, right? And, because I had talked to Rudy Giuliani and somehow that’s now a crime, and then I make it into his report,” the Republican said.
“And, we have to remember … we spent the last three years, at first if any Republican ever talked to any Russian at any time — even if you are Russian-American — that was a no-no. Then we were criticized,” Nunes emphasized. “We switched to Ukraine. If you talk to any Ukrainian that’s now a crime. Now, I can’t even talk to Rudy Giuliani who I have known for 10 years. That’s supposedly a crime.”
What was ironic was that the people who didn’t seem to get how Paul was mocking the Parnas note for its dubious credibility, accusing Paul of not putting out a “credible note,” pretty much proving his point. They even went to the trouble of trying to match it with his handwriting.
this memo is as credible as your hairpiece, Senator
— Jeff Tiedrich (@itsJeffTiedrich) January 16, 2020
Isn't fabricating evidence a Federal crime?
— Peter Schink (@PeterRSchink) January 17, 2020
Rand Paul, is that your hand writing?
— Secret Agent Number Six (@DesignationSix) January 16, 2020
— Jeff Yang (@originalspin) January 16, 2020