CBS for asking Adam Schiff on Sunday about his release of cellphone logs of his political opponents. Mr. Schiff dismissed any criticism, and his motive is revealing in regards to the balance of power in Washington.udos to Margaret Brennan of
“The blowback has only come from the far right,” Mr. Schiff stated. “But look, each investigator seeks cellphone data to corroborate, generally to contradict, a witness’s testimony.”
Sure, but executive-branch investigators who want to get information from personal telecom companies usually should obtain some type of judicial order. Mr. Schiff did it himself. Prosecutors are additionally supposed to limit the release of information on innocent bystanders like journalists for privacy reasons. The intelligence term of art is “minimization.” Mr. Schiff released the telephone logs of journalist John Solomon and Rep. Devin Nunes —data irrelevant to his impeachment case against President Trump. The narrative of his report suggests he did it gratuitously to indicate that Mr. Nunes is a part of the Ukraine conspiracy, though the Republican has a right to call anybody he needs.
Mr. Schiff is correct that he’s getting no criticism from the rest of the press corps. The same media that howled when the Bush Administration gathered metadata to hunt for terrorists is silent when Democrats collect and release it against a conservative journalist and Republicans. Preserve this double standard in thoughts when you next hear media lectures about violating democratic and institutional “norms.”