Ranking Democratic House Intelligence Committee member Rep. Adam Schiff (CA) was tricked last year by Russian pranksters into investigating non-existent nude photos of Trump that Schiff thought were in the possession of Russian President Vladimir Putin, according to an exclusive report from The Daily Mail.
Russian comedians Vladimir Kuznetsov and Alexei Stolyarov, known respectively as “Vovan” and “Lexus,” were initially able to reach Schiff by phone while pretending to represent Andriy Parubiy, the chairman of Ukraine’s parliament. Vovan, who played the role of Parubiy during the call, wove a fantastical tale to Schiff about Russian celebrities conspiring to obtain “kompromat” (blackmail material) on Trump and then hand it over to the Kremlin.
The Russian comedic pair recorded their phone call with the congressman and subsequently released portions of it to the Internet to mock Schiff. The authenticity of the recording has been confirmed by one of Schiff’s spokespeople, who has insisted to the press that the congressman knew it was a prank all along. As The Atlanticreported:
A spokesman for Schiff said, “Before agreeing to take the call, and immediately following it, the [House Intel] committee informed appropriate law-enforcement and security personnel of the conversation, and of our belief that it was probably bogus.”
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