Published: Sun, February 25, 2018
Life&Culture | By Rose Hansen

Trump calls democrats' memo release "really fraudulent"

Trump calls democrats' memo release

The memo defended both the FBI and Justice Department's role in obtaining the FISA warrant - agencies that have been under fire from Republican critics who have also sought to discredit special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation.

Democrats on the House intelligence committee on Saturday released the memo in an effort to rebut GOP claims that the FBI abused US government surveillance powers in its investigation into Russian election interference.

But the White House objected to releasing the Democratic memo, citing the concerns about releasing sensitive information, and called for redactions before it could be made public.

Schiff has subsequently been directly engaging President Donald Trump [official profile] on Twitter in connection with the release of his memo. Most of the details of the corroborated information are redacted but they do appear to reference Page's meeting with Russian officials. They say the GOP memo is designed as a distraction from the probe, which is looking into whether Trump's campaign was in any way connected to the Russian interference.

Republican leaders have argued that the former campaign aide, Carter Page, was unfairly targeted, saying the surveillance court that approved the warrant was never told that information from the dossier's author, former British spy Christopher Steele, was financed by the Democrats.

The 10-page redacted memo written by Democrats on the House Intelligence Committee amounts to a rebuttal of a separate Republican memo released earlier this month.

The Democrats' memo release comes after two weeks of back-and-forth with the Justice Department (DOJ) over how much the memo would be redacted.

Speaking to The Daily Signal moments after a Democrat memo was released Saturday, Rep. Devin Nunes, R-Calif., said the long-awaited document is so shocking because of what it reveals about the Obama administration, Hillary Clinton's presidential campaign, and Democrat operatives.

Carter Page. File
Trump calls democrats' memo release "really fraudulent"

"We wanted it out because we think it is clear evidence that the Democrats are not only trying to cover this up, but they're also colluding with parts of the government to help cover this up", Nunes said during an appearance at the Conservative Political Action Conference in Oxon Hills, Maryland.

The new memo alleges that Page was targeted for recruitment in 2013 by two Russians who had been indicted by the US government.

These requests to surveil Page then received independent scrutiny and approval by four federal judges, all appointed by Republican presidents - two appointed by George W. Bush, one by George H.W. Bush and one by Ronald Reagan - the memo points out.

Republicans say this proves that the eavesdropping warrant on Page would have been impossible to obtain without partisan research. For instance, while Page was working for Trump, in July 2016, he traveled to Moscow to give a commencement speech at a Russian university, which certainly would have raised some red flags at the bureau. The surveillance started in October 2016, shortly after Page left the campaign in the wake of questions about his Russian contacts.

"Again, the fact the minority can not outright deny that a DNC/Clinton funded document was used to wiretap an American is extremely concerning", the Republican National Committee said in a statement.

Democrats say Page was on the FBI's radar for a while before receiving Steele's research, even interviewing him in March 2016, the same month he became an adviser to the Trump campaign.

Nunes shot down one of the points in the Democratic memo which he said "they're all hot to talk about".

The Steele dossier was not the basis for the application. It suggests that Steele's information was born out by the FBI's own work.

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