No, the memo doesn't vindicate Trump — Senior Democrat

No, the memo doesn't vindicate Trump — Senior Democrat

A vote is expected by the House Intelligence Committee Monday afternoon on whether to release a memo prepared by Democrats in response to a Republican-authored memorandum released last week that charged misconduct by the FBI and Justice Department.

Democrats argue that a currently published 3½-page memo, which was compiled by Republican aides to the committee chairman Devin Nunes, is misleading and selectively draws on information provided to the committee by intelligence agencies about their investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election.

Later on the show, Rep. Eric Swalwell, a Democrat on the committee, argued the memo indeed "appears" intended to undermine Mueller and his investigation.

Nadler, who has viewed the classified materials that form the basis of the Republican memo, argues the FISA court had "probable cause" to believe Page was "an agent of foreign power" and that nothing in the Nunes memo proves that the government did not have enough evidence beyond the dossier to seek a FISA warrant.

"There's going to be a Russia probe, even without a dossier", Gowdy said.

"No, I didn't", Nunes said.

It alleges that law enforcement authorities obtained court approval to monitor the communications of a senior Trump campaign official, and the warrant request was based on information provided by a research firm linked to the Democratic Party.

In a follow-up tweet, Trump quoted from a recent speech given by American activist and president of conservative watchdog operation Judicial Watch, Tom Fitton, in which he alleged the Democrats attempted to conceal their funding of a dossier that accused Trump of personal ties to the Kremlin.

Russia has denied meddling.

On Friday, Nunes published the memo minutes after Donald Trump declassified it.

The FBI had objected to the memo's release, saying it had "grave concerns" that the document gave an inaccurate account of the application to carry out surveillance on Page. He also called concerns the release of the memo would endanger national security "a total fallacy", and said the contents were carefully reviewed to ensure sources and methods of the intelligence community would not be revealed.

He praised the agency's high integrity, work ethic and professionalism that is "unrivaled anywhere in the world".

Asked whether the memo backs of Trump's contention on Twitter that he has been vindicated, Schiff said, "not at all".

"The Committee has now determined that the release of the Memorandum would be appropriate", said the committee in a statement on its website, citing "significant public interest in disclosure".

In short, Nadler claims, the GOP memo does not create any case to undermine the Russia investigation.

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