Lawmakers say memo doesn't clear Trump — The Latest

Lawmakers say memo doesn't clear Trump — The Latest

The four-page memo alleges FBI abuses of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act, accusing the agency of improperly using information paid for in part by Hillary Clinton's campaign to obtain a FISA warrant for Trump campaign foreign policy adviser Carter Page. In any event, the memo proves something that surely does not help Nunes' conspiracy theory, namely that the FBI was first alerted to possible interference from Papadopoulos, not by the dossier.

You need an investigation into the Trump Tower and the Cambridge Analytica email, separate and apart from the dossier.

"Rather than marshaling an all-of-government response to protect America from a national security threat coming from Russia, the president continues to do all he can to marginalize the rule of law and the independence of the Justice Department, while crippling the intelligence and law enforcement professionals who work tirelessly to keep our country safe", Cardin said in a statement.

President Donald Trump says the memo vindicates him.

The Senate's Democratic leader, Chuck Schumer of New York, has urged Trump to back the public release and said that refusing to do so would show the president's intent to undermine the Russia investigation. "So, I get that Adam Schiff and others are worried about what's not in my memo", Gowdy said.

"Steve Vladeck, a CNN legal analyst and professor at the University of Texas School of Law, tweeted Saturday that the news reports served as "proof that the #mehmo deliberately misrepresented the record to make the #FISA application look shadier than it was" and called the revelations "(f) atal to the memo's entire premise".

But Trump and House GOP members would rather have Americans believe in a vast FBI conspiracy that, presumably, includes even the judge himself.

At last week's meeting, Republicans blocked a Democratic attempt to release their memo at the same time as the memo spearheaded by Chairman Devin Nunes of California, with Republicans saying they had just been presented with a copy of the Democrats' document. "So I don't know how many other Republicans feel that way".

Trump offered his own interpretation of the Nunes memo Saturday on Twitter. His opposition research effort was initially funded by the conservative Washington Free Beacon. "There are a number of things that are directly misleading in the Republican memo". Comparatively, Democrats have a very positive opinion of the FBI - 64 percent view the organization favorably with only 14 percent holding a negative view of it. A plurality of independents (49 percent) have a positive opinion of the FBI compared to 28 percent who see it unfavorably.

-There is no recognition the intelligence community already had Page on its radar screen as early as 2013.

Rep. Trey Gowdy, R-S.C., asked whether the memo affected the investigation, said, "No, not to me, it doesn't, and I was pretty integrally involved in the drafting of it". The source that we revealed, Chris Steele, was about the least well-kept secret in America.

It also may cause political headaches for Nunes, whose Democratic opponent in the upcoming 2018 midterms - Andrew Janz, a deputy district attorney - raised more than $100,000 in the days leading up to the memo's controversial release.

The op-ed comes amid Republicans' increased scrutiny of the Justice Department and the FBI for their handling of the Russia investigation.

The memo had been classified because it deals with warrants obtained from the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court.

To its shame, the party of Lincoln has fallen in line behind him.

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