Saturday, 23 February, 2019


Dems release rebuttal to GOP's criticism of Russia probe

Dems release rebuttal to GOP's criticism of Russia probe Dems release rebuttal to GOP's criticism of Russia probe
Bennie Garza | 25 February, 2018, 19:46

The Democratic memo paints a more expansive and detailed picture of the surveillance of the former aide, Carter Page, than the Republican memo it was meant to rebut. His relationship with the bureau later was terminated after he disclosed some of his material to several US news organizations.The memos have become the battleground for an extraordinary confrontation between Trump and the top officials he appointed to lead the FBI and Justice Department.

America's leading intelligence agencies concluded previous year that Russian President Vladimir Putin had directed a broad intelligence effort to influence the 2016 presidential election to undermine the campaign of Democrat Hillary Clinton and boost Trump's chances, but the president has repeatedly denied colluding with Moscow.

The Democrats' document ― which President Donald Trump dubbed a "political and legal BUST" ― is the latest salvo in a partisan fight over the Russian Federation investigation, which was launched in 2016 and has come under repeated fire from Trump and other Republicans.

"The point of our memo was for one objective only", Nunes added, "and that was to show that FISA abuse had occurred".

The reason the DOJ did not outline specific names and identities was that it wanted avoid "unmasking" individuals and entities unless they were the subject of a counterintelligence investigation, the Democratic memo said.

Democrats have argued that the information presented in the Republican-drafted memo was "cherry-picked" and lacked important context that they would present in their memo.

Schiff took to Twitter to challenge Trump's name-calling. The memo also accused FBI investigators of political bias against Trump. His tweet suggested that the intelligence panel's top Democrat skewed the memo he released hours earlier.

The 10-page document contains more classified information than the four-page Republican memo to which it responds. The FBI also found some "suspicious activity" during the campaign when he traveled to Moscow to give a university commencement address, which is usually given by well-known prominent figures.

The trustworthiness of the dossier compiled by Steele about Trump's ties to Russia has been at the center of attacks by Trump's allies on the fundamental allegation that his presidential campaign might have conspired with the Russian attack during the 2016 election, an allegation under investigation by Mueller's team.

The Steele dossier, which was funded by the Democratic National Committee and a law firm connected to former Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton, played a narrow role role in the FBI's and the DOJ's justification in its application for a warrant on Page. This contradicts the Nunes memo assertion that such information had been omitted. The memo, supposedly, contained breathtaking evidence of corruption in the Justice Department. Confirmation of some aspects of Steele's dossier is significant, however, because until now there has been no way for the public to assess how much credence it merits. The FBI canceled payment for the Steele dossier.

According to the Democrats' memo, Page had been of interest to the Federal Bureau of Investigation for years. Democrats negotiated with law enforcement officials to redact some details, eventually securing its release weeks after the Republican document had roiled politics and dominated headlines.

Breitbart News asked Nunes about the release of the memo on the same day he attended the American Conservative Union's Conservative Political Action Conference outside of Washington, DC, where he received the Defender of Freedom award.

The document also asserts that House Intelligence Committee Chairman Rep. Devin Nunes (R-CA) did not read numerous underlying classified documents that Democrats say contradict his claims.

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