Republican lawmakers recently made available to the American public a memo which detailed surveillance abuses by the Department of Justice and the FBI under the Obama administration. Democrat members of Congress have repeatedly sought to discredit the report and even offered their own memo as a rebuttal.
Their memo reportedly received a unanimous vote out of the House Intelligence Committee and will be heading to President Trump’s desk for further consideration.
Check it out:
The House intelligence panel has voted to release the Democrat’s rebuttal of the GOP memo. Dems have been anxious to refute the 4-page GOP memo, which alleges the FBI abused its power to conduct surveillance of a former Trump campaign aide. #OffScriptOn9 pic.twitter.com/deI0qh0qco
— WUSA9 (@wusa9) February 6, 2018
Democrat Memo is going to President Trump for approval to be released.
— Kambree Kawahine Koa (@KamVTV) February 5, 2018
Interestingly, the Republican memo did not receive a single vote to be released by Democrats, but the Democrat memo received full support from Republicans on the committee. Here’s more:
Republicans vote unanimously to release Democrat’s memo. Democrats voted unanimously NOT to release Republican memo.
— toddstarnes (@toddstarnes) February 5, 2018
Here’s more on both memos, from Independent:
A Congressional committee has voted to release Democrats’ rebuttal to a politically charged memo that accused the FBI and the Justice Department of misconduct in seeking to surveil an associate of Donald Trump.
The President has five days to decide whether to allow the memo’s release, extending a dispute that has crystallised partisan narratives about the federal government’s investigation of potential Russian election disruption efforts.
The document at question represents Democrats’ response to another memo, prepared by House Republicans and released last week with Mr Trump’s blessing, that questioned the “legitimacy and legality” of federal authorities winning approval to eavesdrop on Carter Page, a former adviser to Mr Trump’s presidential campaign.
According to the report, Ranking Member of the House Intelligence Committee Adam Schiff said, “We think this will help inform the public of the many distortions and inaccuracies in the majority memo.”
Here’s even more, from ABC News:
President Trump will have five days to review the memo and decide whether to approve its declassification or reject its release over national security concerns, Rep. Adam Schiff of California, the top Democrat on the House Intelligence Committee, told reporters after the vote.
Schiff said the Department of Justice and FBI will be consulted and have an opportunity to vet the memo and it will be sent to the White House on Monday night.
Democrats say the document is a point-by-point rebuttal of the memo declassified by President Donald Trump last week that alleged abuses of government surveillance powers at the FBI and Justice Department in their efforts to obtain court approval to gather intelligence on former Trump campaign adviser Carter Page.
The memo alleged that the dossier, authored by ex-British intelligence officer Christopher Steele, formed an “essential part” of the Page Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court (FISA) application, and that DOJ officials did not disclose to the court that the Steele was employed by Fusion GPS, an opposition research firm that received funding for the effort, in part, from the Democratic National Committee and Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign.
Also on Monday, President Trump and Schiff engaged in a brief exchange over social media:
“Little Adam Schiff, who is desperate to run for higher office, is one of the biggest liars and leakers in Washington, right up there with Comey, Warner, Brennan and Clapper!” Trump tweeted on Monday. “Adam leaves closed committee hearings to illegally leak confidential information. Must be stopped!”
Little Adam Schiff, who is desperate to run for higher office, is one of the biggest liars and leakers in Washington, right up there with Comey, Warner, Brennan and Clapper! Adam leaves closed committee hearings to illegally leak confidential information. Must be stopped!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 5, 2018
“Mr. President, I see you’ve had a busy morning of ‘Executive Time,'” Schiff replied. “Instead of tweeting false smears, the American people would appreciate it if you turned off the TV and helped solve the funding crisis, protected Dreamers or…really anything else.”
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Mr. President, I see you’ve had a busy morning of “Executive Time.” Instead of tweeting false smears, the American people would appreciate it if you turned off the TV and helped solve the funding crisis, protected Dreamers or…really anything else. https://t.co/lVqQRu2Gjl
— Adam Schiff (@RepAdamSchiff) February 5, 2018