AG Barr needs to investigate Schiff spying, phone records protected by federal law

Dec. 5, 2019, Fairfax, Va.—Americans for Limited Government President Rick Manning today issued the following statement urging the Justice Department to inquire how confidential phone records protected under federal law were obtained by House Intelligence Committee without a law enforcement request from phone carriers:

“Attorney General William Barr should open an investigation into whether federal telecommunications privacy laws were violated when Adam Schiff subpoenaed confidential phone records from Trump attorneys Rudy Giuliani, Jay Sekulow, U.S. Rep. Devin Nunes, and journalist John Solomon. Federal law only permits law enforcement agencies to obtain such records upon a warrant, and otherwise Congress required phone companies to keep the records secret. Which law enforcement agency made this request? Were they cooperating with Congress?

“If none, then Barr needs to look at Congress and the phone carriers roles’ in illegally transferring phone records. Civil libertarians’ darkest fears are coming to light with the revelation that Schiff either alone or in collusion with others engaged in warrantless surveillance and was able obtain private records outside of the statutory protections written by Congress. It is incumbent upon the Department of Justice to rapidly get to the bottom of this blatant abuse of power.”


Pelosi and Schiff conduct warrantless surveillance on Nunes, Solomon, Sekulow and Giuliani, By Robert Romano, Dec. 5, 2019 at

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