Democrats outsmart Donald Trump by releasing the Adam Schiff memo rebutting the Nunes memo he tried to suppress because it destroys the smear campaign against the FBI undertaken by Rep. Devin Nunes on his behalf.
The Democratic memo shows quite clearly why FBI Director Chris Wray slammed the Nunes memo as being “intentionally inaccurate and misleading” but it was mostly fact-free. It was a humongous dud and didn’t exonerate Donald Trump. It was total bullsh*t.
The Schiff memo proves that Devin Nunes lied to cover for Donald Trump and should lose his seat in the upcoming midterm election in November.
The key part of the Schiff memo is that the FBI was already investigating Carter Page’s interactions with Russian intelligence in March, which was also long before the first Steele memo was ever even authored and before he joined the Trump campaign.
It’s also worth noting that the FISA court judges were all appointed by Republicans, as is the case with Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, who was nominated by Trump.
FISA Judge 1: Republican
FISA Judge 2: Republican
FISA Judge 3: Republican
FISA Judge 4: Republican
Robert Mueller: Republican
Rod Rosenstein: Republican
Attorney General: Republican
FBI Director: Republican
The Nunes Conspiracy? https://t.co/f7YpVQgSeo
— Joe Scarborough (@JoeNBC) February 25, 2018
Here is Schiff’s press release announcing the release of the memo:
“After reviewing the memorandum drafted by committee Republicans that was made public at the beginning of this month, the FBI rightly expressed its ‘grave concerns about material omissions of fact that fundamentally impact the memo’s accuracy.’
“Here are some of the material facts the Majority deliberately omitted:
· The FBI supplied information to the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court that Russia might be colluding with Trump campaign associates. DOJ provided the Court with a comprehensive explanation of Russia’s election interference including evidence that Russia courted another Trump foreign policy advisor, George Papadopoulos, and that Russian agents previewed their dissemination of information damaging to Hillary Clinton. Russian assistance would, as we would learn in the Papadopoulos plea, take the form of the anonymous disclosure of thousands of Hillary Clinton and DNC emails.
· The FBI had ample reason to believe that Carter Page was acting as an agent of a foreign power based on his history, including the fact that he had previously been a target of Russian recruitment, his travel to Russia, and other information. The renewals of the FISA were also appropriate and based on new information obtained by law enforcement.
· The FBI did disclose that those who employed Christopher Steele were likely motivated to discredit Trump’s presidential campaign. The Bureau used proper masking procedures so as not to reveal the identities of U.S. persons not subject to the FISA, but made clear that the likely purpose was opposition research.
· Contrary to the Majority’s assertions, the FBI and DOJ did not use a Yahoo News article to corroborate Steele; it was referenced alongside another article and a letter Page wrote to then FBI Director James Comey to inform the court of Page’s public denials.
“The Democratic response memo released today should put to rest any concerns that the American people might have as to the conduct of the FBI, the Justice Department and the FISC. Our extensive review of the initial FISA application and three subsequent renewals failed to uncover any evidence of illegal, unethical, or unprofessional behavior by law enforcement and instead revealed that both the FBI and DOJ made extensive showings to justify all four requests.
“The document that we are releasing today is the product of a good faith negotiation between the Minority and the FBI and DOJ. But it is unfortunate that the weekend release of the Democratic memo by the White House was delayed beyond what was necessary and to the advantage of those seeking to mislead the American public. From the beginning, the HPSCI Minority expressed its support for any limited redactions to protect sources and methods, as well as sensitive ongoing investigative equities, and these redactions were agreed to at the expert level over a week ago.
“Now that the public has a clearer understanding of the early phases of the investigation, it is time for our committee to return to the core investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 campaign, the role U.S. persons played in that interference and what we need to do to protect the country going forward.”
Donald Trump and Republicans played politics and it backfired big time. The Democrats gave Trump a big headache this weekend, when he’s dealing with his former campaign aide Rick Gates pleading guilty and cooperating with Robert Mueller.
Reaction on Twitter:
Pleased to see Schiff memo was released. The redactions were unnecessary, but at least the White House kept the main points in. I can say that the redacted materials all support the boldfaced points.
This Democratic memo shows the Nunes memo was designed to mislead the people. https://t.co/UTfRhV7GIC
— Ted Lieu (@tedlieu) February 24, 2018
I'll sum up the Dem memo since the page is overloaded. Carter Page and the Trump campaign was surveilled well before the FBI even obtained the Steele Dossier.
Nunes is lying and should be charged with conspiracy to obstruct justice.
Thanks Adam Schiff
— Brian Krassenstein? (@krassenstein) February 24, 2018
Schiff memo: FISA warrant against Carter page received independent scrutiny and approval by four different federal judges: 2 appt'd by GWB, 1 by GHWB, one by Reagan.
— Tim Mak (@timkmak) February 24, 2018
The Schiff memo shows that the republican memo was purposely & knowingly misleading. Not a mistake, a deception. When did we as a country become ok with elected officials outright lying to the public? They took an oath and when they break that oath should resign, including Trump.
— Alt Fed Employee (@Alt_FedEmployee) February 24, 2018