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Trump should release Democrats' memo

07 February 2018, 01:31 | Tara Lloyd

Trump should release Democrats' memo

Trump should release Democrats' memo

A congressional panel has voted unanimously to release a Democratic rebuttal to a Republican memo alleging bias against President Donald Trump.

Nunes' memo charges that "biased" officials in the Federal Bureau of Investigation and Justice Department abused their surveillance powers in asking for a warrant to monitor the communications of a former Trump campaign foreign policy adviser, Carter Page.

Despite the hullabaloo from Democrat grandstanders like Rep. Adam Schiff, the House Intelligence Committee (HPSCI) voted to release the opposing memo, which responds to the Republican memo on partisan FISA court abuse.

House Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wis., and other leaders in Congress have said they thought the Democrats' response should be released, too, but it needs to follow an identical process as the one used last week for Nunes' memo.

HPSCI chairman Rep. Devin Nunes (R-Calif.) revealed yesterday that the FISA warrant to spy on campaign volunteer Carter Page included a footnote to the court informing them that the dossier alleged to be the centerpiece of the FISA application "might be political".

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Senate Majority Leader Charles Schumer, D-N.Y., wrote a letter to Trump on Sunday telling the president that if he does not release the Democrats' memo, it "will confirm the American people's worst fears that the release of Chairman Nunes' memo was only meant to undermine Special Counsel Bob Mueller's investigation". On Monday, Schiff plans to try to win public release of a Democratic answer to a Republican memo released Friday that attempted to undermine one aspect of the investigation. Even if texts between FBI agent Peter Strzok and FBI lawyer Lisa Page regarding the special counsel investigation were innocent venting that did absolutely nothing to corrode the rigid professionalism of the duo, we're talking about an investigation that Democrats hope will lead to the impeachment and removal of the president. Better that than an attempt by Mueller to railroad Trump out of office.

The confirmation about Papadopoulos is "the most important fact disclosed in this otherwise shoddy memo", Schiff said Saturday.

Rep. Devin Nunes is quickly becoming President Donald Trump's favorite lawmaker in Washington.

The FBI and Justice Department deny they've done anything wrong, and they opposed the public release of the memo.

Democrats have denounced the document as a tactic to undermine the investigation and to protect Trump, and they have said it is riddled with errors and omissions.

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At the same time, the memo confirms that the investigation into potential Trump links to Russian Federation actually began several months earlier, and was "triggered" by information involving a different campaign aide.

Trump has claimed the Republican memo "totally vindicates" him in the special counsel's investigation into Russia's interference in the 2016 election and possible collusion between the president's campaign and Moscow.

The FBI and Justice Department objected to the GOP memo's release.

One source close to the process noted that the Democratic memo, which is longer than its Republican counterpoint, may contain more information that law enforcement and intelligence agencies may seek to redact.

"Current and former prosecutors say Mr. Sessions's tepid response reflects efforts to appease Mr. Trump, even at the expense of morale among the department's employees, and has raised fears that prosecutors can not depend on protection from political interference".

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Republican Congressman Trey Gowdy, who helped write the Republican memo, told CBS programme Face the Nation on Sunday: "There is a Russian Federation investigation without a [Steele] dossier". "So you need an investigation into Russian Federation".

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