Tuesday, 26 October, 2021


Schiff: Democrats' memo proves Federal Bureau of Investigation isn't the 'deep state'

WASHINGTON DC- FEBRUARY 05 Rep. Adam Schiff, ranking member of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence answers questions following a committee meeting at the U.S. Capitol Schiff: Democrats' memo proves Federal Bureau of Investigation isn't the 'deep state'
Bennie Garza | 26 February, 2018, 05:49

The Democrat rebuttal memo, seen below, claims that "FBI and DOJ officials did not "abuse" the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) process, omit material information, or subvert this vital tool to spy on the Trump campaign".

Congressional Democrats and Republicans, including House Speaker Paul Ryan and Rep. Trey Gowdy of SC, who helped draft the GOP memo, have said it shouldn't be used to undermine special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation into Trump's campaign and Russia's election interference. The Democrats' memo explains that with each renewal application, "DOJ provided additional information obtained through multiple independent sources that corroborated Steele's reporting".

"This politically driven document fails to answer serious concerns raised by the Majority's memorandum about the use of partisan opposition research from one candidate, loaded with uncorroborated allegations, as a basis to ask a court to approve surveillance of a former associate of another candidate, at the height of a presidential campaign", White House Secretary Sarah Sanders said in an emailed response.

And President Trump himself tweeted Saturday evening that the Schiff memo "confirms all the awful things that were done".

House Intelligence Committee Chairman Rep. Devin Nunes, R-Calif.

Russian meddling into the 2016 USA elections is under multiple investigations - by at least four congressional panels, by the intelligence and judiciary committees of the House and the Senate, and by special counsel Robert Mueller.

Trump delayed release of the Democratic memo, saying that he was responding to concerns about sensitive classified information in the document.

The new memo also states that the warrant applications 'did not otherwise rely on Steel's reporting, including any "salacious" allegations about Trump, and the Federal Bureau of Investigation never paid Steele for this reporting'.

"We wanted it out", he said, referring to the Democratic memo. The information that law enforcement officials did use from Steele was "narrow" and concerned Page's suspected July 2016 meetings in Moscow with Russian officials. Compare it the Nunes memo here.

Schiff has described the Republican memo as "an effort to circle the wagons around the White House and distract from the Russian Federation probe". 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. Trump declassified the GOP memo with no redactions over the objections of the Justice Department, but initially blocked the Democrats' document and forced them to negotiate with Justice over what should be blacked out.

Trump seized on that point in a tweet Saturday evening: "Dem Memo: FBI did not disclose who the clients were - the Clinton Campaign and the DNC".

During an interview Saturday with the Fox News program Justice with Judge Jeanine, President Donald Trump said the Democrats' memo was "a nothing".

Trump has repeatedly said there was no "collusion" between his campaign and Russian officials and has publicly urged Sessions to investigate top officials at the FBI over their handling of the investigation.

As the Democratic memo was released, Nunes told a conservative gathering outside Washington, "We wanted it out".

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