Rep. Devin Nunes ripped Democrat rival Rep. Adam Schiff Thursday by bringing up the time Schiff thought he was talking to a Ukraine official who could get him Moscow-provided photos of a naked Trump.
It is believed to be the first time a member of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, which Mr. Schiff chairs, referred to what has become a classic conservative joke on social media.
The 2017 phone call was a prank by Russian comedians Vladmire Kyzetsov and Alexei Stolyarov who convinced Schiff, then the ranking member, they could obtain the damning photos of Donald Trump.
Mr. Schiff was a big proponent of the discredited Democrat Party dossier. It contained an allegation of Mr. Trump romping with prostitutes in a Moscow hotel room in 2013.
Conservatives say it was an example of Mr. Schiff colluding with what he thought was a Russian-linked politician to try to influence American politics––his exact charge against Mr. Trump.
Schiff thought he was speaking with the chairman of the Ukraine parliament.