REPORT: Doubts surface on Schiff’s phone record claims on Giuliani after WH says he has wrong number

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WASHINGTON—House Democrats earlier this week released records asserting that Rudy Giuliani was in contact with a phone number associated with the White House budget office, where $400 million in aid to Ukraine was temporarily put on hold this summer.

That assertion, however, is now in doubt. The previously undisclosed phone number cited by the House Intelligence Committee in its impeachment inquiry report, which The Wall Street Journal has identified, isn’t directly linked to the Office of Management and Budget. It could instead reflect phone calls from other parts of the White House, according to people familiar with the matter.

The article goes on to state the following:

It isn’t known whom Mr. Giuliani, the president’s personal lawyer, spoke with in the administration in the calls reflected in the logs, but OMB officials say it wasn’t anyone on their staff. A White House official had previously said the call logs don’t align with the cellphone records of acting chief of staff Mick Mulvaney, who is also the budget office director.

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The report notes that one call referenced in Schiff’s report was “between a supposed OMB number and Mr. Giuliani on Aug. 8 that lasted more than 12 minutes.” However, reportedly, it is NOT a OMB number, but instead a White House switchboard number, or “placeholder number that shows up when officials in several White House departments make calls.”

Also, some of the numbers in Schiff’s report corresponded to the cellphone and landline numbers of Madeleine Westerhout, Mr. Trump’s former personal assistant, the WSJ reported.

Schiff’s report had left the assumption that Giuliani was trying to negotiate with the budget office about frozen aid to the Ukraine. The White House says Schiff has the wrong number, and has insisted that NO ONE from the OMB has spoken with Giuliani.

In a separate report, Fox News wrote:

Meanwhile, Communications director Jack Langer for Intelligence Committee Ranking Member Devin Nunes, R-Calif., mocked Democrats for the apparent mix-up.

“If the Democrats are going to attack their political opponents, staff members, and even journalists by publishing their phone records, you’d really think they’d at least get the phone numbers right,” Langer told Fox News.

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