Wednesday, 17 July, 2019

House panel votes to release Democratic memo on Russia probe

President Donald Trump with first lady Melania Trump return to the White House House panel votes to release Democratic memo on Russia probe
Patty Aguilar | 07 February, 2018, 04:05

That FISA warrant was based on the fake "Trump dossier" to the extent that then-Deputy FBI Director Andrew McCabe testified before the House Intelligence Committee in December 2017 that the FISA warrant would not have been approved without citing the information in the "dossier".

Let us stipulate that Devin Nunes, R-Calif., chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, is not exactly the second coming of "Tail Gunner Joe": that dubious honor more properly belongs to the conspirator in chief, President Donald Trump .

"The vote was unanimous to release this", Adam Schiff, the top Democrat on the Republican-controlled House Intelligence Committee, told reporters.

"That's why we're going to insist that the Department of Justice and the Federal Bureau of Investigation report to us on the redactions they think are necessary, so that we can segregate any political interference from the White House", Schiff said. He had to recuse himself from the Russian Federation probe, but this did not stop him from spinning conspiracy theories about FBI agent Peter Strzok, who was removed from Special Counsel Robert Mueller 's investigation over texts critical of Trump and other public figures.

Trump was caught on tape after last week's State of the Union telling a GOP lawmaker that he "100 percent" supported releasing the memo.

The president also called the Congressman a leaker of documents, accusing him of leaving committee hearings in order to disperse confidential information.

Republicans are optimistic about releasing the counter memo issued by the Democratic Party after it has gone through the vetting procedures to ensure it does not endanger national security.

A top Democrat has warned that the Republicans may be setting the stage for a "constitutional crisis" if they use the Nunes memo to end the special counsel's probe into alleged Russian meddling in the 2016 U.S. presidential election, the media reported.

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Republicans say a judge should have known that "political actors" were involved in allegations that led the Justice Department to believe Page might be an agent of a foreign power - an accusation he has consistently denied.

Robert Litt, the former general counsel for the director of national intelligence, said the future relationship between intelligence agencies and their congressional overseers has been put at risk.

From government shutdowns to each twist in the Russian Federation investigation, Vice President Mike Pence keeps his distance when trouble's on the horizon.

Democrats said their document would help set the record straight. When asked during a committee meeting in late January whether he had coordinated the memo with the White House, he at first said "as far as I know, no", then refused to answer when asked whether his staff members had communicated with the White House. But having failed to keep it away from the American people, it appears they are forced to attempt to spin it to say "quite the opposite" of what it actually says.

"The norms and institutions protecting the Department of Justice from political interference in the years since have been tested, but never before as they are under President Donald Trump", Schiff wrote.

She said the Trump administration "will follow the same process and procedure" it did with the Republican document, meaning Trump has five days to decide whether to allow the Democratic memo's publication. "So quite to the contrary, even this very flawed memo demonstrates it is the origin of the investigation", Schiff said.

In comparison, Democratic lawmakers have called the memo misleading and part of an effort to undermine Mueller's ongoing probe.

While Republicans said the memo promoted transparency and held the government responsible, however, Democrats and intelligence officials said it contained a host of inaccuracies that painted an incomplete and misleading picture of the intelligence community, as well as the origins of the Page FISA warrant and the Russian Federation probe.

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