On Tuesday, the UK Daily Mail reported that Rep. Adam Schiff, D-Calif., was recorded speaking to two Russian pranksters, one of whom claimed to be Andriy Parubiy, the chairman of the Ukrainian Parliament, with damaging information on Donald Trump — including nude photos of the chief executive with a Russian reality star.
According to the report, the call was made a year ago and was initially reported on by The Atlantic, but, the Daily Mail said, the report did not detail “how a staff member working for the minority on the House Intelligence Committee pursued the information after the call.”
The report further said that Schiff was pranked by “two Russian comedians nicknamed ‘Vovan’ and ‘Lexus’ who have become notorious for their phony calls to high-ranking American officials and celebrities, including UN Ambassador Nikki Haley and Elton John.”
The Daily Mail added:
Schiff’s office said the congressman suspected the call was ‘bogus’ from the beginning and reported it to authorities afterward.
But in a recording of the eight minute conversation, Schiff appeared to take the call seriously – or at least played along convincingly – and emails from the Democrat’s staff to the fake politician afterwards said he had found it ‘productive’.
A spokesperson for Schiff confirmed the call, but claimed the congressman was suspicious about the call.
“Both before and after the call, we were aware that it was likely bogus and had already alerted appropriate law enforcement personnel, as well as after the call,” the spokesperson said.
“Obviously, it was bogus – which became even more evident during the call – but as with any investigation that is global in scale, we have to chase any number of leads, many of which turn out to be duds.”
So, one might ask, why did Schiff spend over seven minutes on the call, and why did his staff spend time following up?
“I understand Mr. Schiff had a productive call with Mr. Parubiy, and that Mr. Parubiy would like to make some material available to Mr. Schiff through your embassy,” Schiff aide Rheanne Wirkkala wrote in an April 4, 2017 email to the pranksters. “Please let me know how best to arrange pick-up of those materials from your Embassy in Washington, D.C.,” the email added.
“Do you know when we might be able to meet your colleagues at the Ukrainian embassy here in Washington, DC to pick up materials?” the aide asked a day later in another email, the Daily Mail said.
The Daily Mail posted a transcript of the video:
Adam Schiff: Hi, how are you?
Caller: Hello Mr. Schiff, thank you for your time.
Schiff: Thank you, Chairman. I appreciate the opportunity to speak to you.
Caller: I know that you work for investigation regarding Trump and Russian government.
Caller: We have some important information about it.
Schiff: And that is documented as well in materials you want to provide to us?
Caller: Yes. Could I explain you where we are?
Schiff: Yes of course. But again, I would caution that our Russian friends may be listening to the conversation so I wouldn’t share anything over the phone that you wouldn’t want them to hear.
Caller: No, I don’t think that will impact on our investigation.
Schiff: Yes. Please, go ahead then.
Caller: In November 2013, Mr. Trump visited Moscow, it was competition Miss Universe. There he met with Russian journalist and celebrity Ksenia Sobchak.
Schiff: I’m sorry, can you explain that again? While he was in Moscow in November 2013 he met with a journalist?
Caller: Well, she’s poor journalist. But anyway, she became famous because Putin is her godfather.
Schiff: Okay. Putin godfather, okay.
Caller: She also known as the person who provide support for oligarchs. She met with Trump and she brought him one of Russian girl celebrities, Olga Buzova, who’s also known as person who’s [unintelligible].
Schiff: Okay, and how do you spell her name?
Caller: Olga Buzova.
Schiff: So Olga Buzova is a friend of the reporter?
Caller: Yes, she’s a friend of reporter and I think a special agent of Russia Secret Service Ksenia Sobchak.
Schiff: That Sobchak is or Olga is?
Caller: No, Sobchak is [unintelligible]
Schiff: Okay. So Buzova met with Trump in New York at some point after the 2013 Miss Universe.
Caller: Yes, absolutely. And she got compromising materials on Trump after their short relations.
Schiff: Okay. And what’s the nature of the Kompromat?
Caller: Well, there were pictures of naked Trump.
Schiff: Okay. And so Putin was made aware of the availability of the comprising material?
Caller: Yes, of course. Buzova shared those materials with Sobchak and Sobchak shared those materials with Putin, because she’s the goddaughter of Putin. And Putin decided to press Trump.
Schiff: And the materials you could provide to the committee or to the FBI, would they corroborate this allegation?
Caller: Sure, of course. When they were in Ukraine we got their conversation by the phone where they are discussing those compromising materials. We are ready to provide it.
Schiff: So you have recordings of both Sobchak and Buzova where they are discussing the compromising material on Trump?
Caller: Absolutely, and we also know who was a mediator between Trump and Russian government who met with ex-advisor of Trump, Mr. Flynn. It was Russian singer, very famous singer, Arkadiy Ukupnik, who met with Mr. Flynn on Brighton Beach in Brooklyn in special Russian café Langeron.
Schiff: What’s that again?
Caller: Yes, it’s on Brighton Beach. It’s a Russian district in Brooklyn.
Schiff: And do you know what was discussed?
Caller: They discussed many things. But the most interesting thing is they used a special password for their meetings. When they met each other they said ‘The weather is good on Deribasivska.’
Schiff: The weather is good in – where?
Caller: ‘The weather is good on Deribasivska.’ That is the name of a street in Odessa. Did you hear?
Schiff: Yes, I did. So it’s a street in Odessa?
Schiff: And the code word is ‘Weather is good on ‘Zerabasta’?’
Caller: Deribasivskaya. Deribasivskaya.
Schiff: Okay. And I’ll have my staff call up to get spellings and more details on this.
Caller: The next part of their password was, ‘It rains again on Brighton Beach.’
Schiff: ‘It rains again on Brighton Beach.’
Caller: Yes. On that meeting, Ukupnik told Flynn that all those compromising materials will never be released if Trump will cancel all the Russian sanctions.
Schiff: Okay. Well obviously we would welcome the chance to get copies of those recordings. So we will try to work with the FBI to figure out along with your staff how we can obtain copies of those.
Caller: Of course we will provide you all our copies of all our materials. But I also would like to let you know that Sobchak and Buzova will pretty soon visit our country and we could arrest them and deliver them to your embassy and we also could extradite them to your country and you can put them to your special jail Guantanamo.
Schiff: Well, I’ll be in touch with the FBI about this. And we’ll make arrangements with your staff. I think it probably would be best to provide these materials both to our committee and to the FBI. So we’ll make arrangements between my staff and yours on how to facilitate that. And we’ll also obviously let the FBI know about Buzova and Sobchak’s plans to travel to Ukraine.
Caller: I also advise you to check all Sobchak’s visits in the West because she was in the West very often and suggest you check what she did there actually. And I also would like to look at Russian café on Brighton Beach Langeron and especially on head of Russian Mafia Uncle Mischa.
Schiff: Uncle Mischa? In Brighton Beach?
Caller: Yes, he’s the head of Russian mafia. And he’s located on that restaurant on Brighton Beach.
Caller: I just want to advise you just to look at them, please.
Rep. Schiff: Alrighty. This was very helpful, I appreciate it. Anything else you wanted to add today?
Caller: Well I hope that my information will be useful for you and your committee. And I also would like to advise you when you or your colleagues will meet with Mr Trump I advise you to tell him first part of the password, ‘The weather is good on Deribasivska,’ and look at how his face will change color.
Schiff: And so those passwords were used with Mr. Trump?
Caller: Yes, of course.
Rep. Schiff: Okay. Well thank you very much. We will be back in touch with you through our staff to make arrangements to obtain these materials for our committee and the FBI. I appreciate you reaching out to us.
Caller: Well let’s be in touch and wait for your response from FBI.
Schiff: Excellent. I’ll have them follow up as soon as possible, and I thank you again. Goodbye.
Here’s video of the call, posted to YouTube:
So, one might wonder, where is Maxine Waters? Where’s Robert Mueller? Or CNN and MSNBC? We’ve been led to believe that anyone who talks to a Russian is, at worse, a traitor, and at best, a stooge or a puppet for Russian President Vladimir Putin.
We’ve also been told that even if actual collusion didn’t take place, the desire to collude is just as egregious.
Schiff got roasted on Twitter:
Appears that with both the original call and with the staff follow-up, Adam Schiff was eagerly willing to accept dirt on a political opponent from a foreign power. Why is that @AdamSchiffCA? https://t.co/74HcIb6cUn
— Nick Short (@PoliticalShort) February 6, 2018
Bwahahaha! Russian pranksters spoof Schiff… Duo gave emails to https://t.co/JSmgQfiTV1 which showed Schiff's staff trying to arrange to collect 'classified' documents from Ukraine's embassy in DC https://t.co/HvuzIy0AM7
— Tammy Bruce (@HeyTammyBruce) February 7, 2018
Adam Schiff tried to collude with Russians to get naked photos of Trump…
What the hell man? These people are sick!
Don’t deny it Adam, there’s a recorded phone call of it!
— ???????? CHIZ (@CHIZMAGA) February 6, 2018
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