House Intelligence Committee releases memo concerning Russia investigation

Who is Carter Page and how is he connected to the memo and the Russia investigation? If the charge sticks, America will have a real life instance of the sort of scenario found in pulp thrillers-a rogue intelligence agency operating in the darkness and abusing its power to manipulate elections.

The memo further claims those officials were aware at the time of their signing that the unsubstantiated Steele opposition research dossier, which was included to bolster their warrant application, was paid for by the Democratic National Committee (DNC) and the Clinton campaign; but the application did not include that information.

White House counsel Don McGahn wrote in a letter attached to the memo that Trump had authorized its declassification "in light of the significant public interest in the memorandum". The head of Fusion GPS, the company that commissioned the Steele dossier, told Senate Judiciary Committee staffers in August that the FBI had independently received information from a Trump insider which led them to believe the dossier's credibility. Asked yesterday if he had confidence in Mr Rosenstein - the man who appointed special counsel Robert Mueller - Mr Trump said, "You figure that one out".

U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., said while he favored declassifying the memo, he wanted to see Muller's investigation move forward. The memo alleges the FBI improperly used the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) during the 2016 election, describing the committee's findings as "a troubling breakdown of legal processes established to protect the American people from abuses related to the FISA process". Read the memo here.

"The information contained in this memo constitutes a bombshell story by any objective measure". "You want to know the truth".

Page was named as a foreign policy adviser to Trump during the 2016 presidential campaign. Senior FBI and CIA officials (as well as a number of prominent Democrats) accused Trump of endangering national security by releasing the memo.

The Nunes Memo is shoddy and slanted, but it is not explosive.

Committee chairman Devin Nunes dismissed the FBI and Justice Department's "spurious concerns" in a statement shortly after the memo was released. Rosalind Helderman is a political enterprise and investigations reporter for the Washington Post. Jeanne Shaheen of New Hampshire, also criticized the release of the memo, echoing that it's "dangerous".

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There is a sizable share of Americans who are skeptical of the Russia investigation, but they're mostly GOP partisans. Our nation's elected officials, including the president, must stop looking at this investigation through the warped lens of politics and manufacturing partisan sideshows.

Democrats on the House Intelligence Committee have written their own counterpoint, a memo that they say fills in important facts the Republican majority omitted. Rather than highlight the foolishness of Republican gamesmanship over the memo, they endowed it the importance that the right deeply wanted it to have.

The memo attempts to undermine the FBI and DOJ's surveillance of Page by alleging that surveillance powers were sought using the controversial dossier complied by former British intelligence agent Christopher Steele.

"Our intelligence and law enforcement agencies exist to defend the American people, not to be exploited to target one group on behalf of another", Nunes said.

This appears to be the second time (the first in the Oval Office with Russian officials) that Trump has handed the Russians classified material.

"The pattern now is to make either side look bad, it's the red shirts and the blue shirts", said former Rep. Tom Davis, R-Va. The Justice Department warned against this "extraordinarily reckless" push, but ultimately, President Donald Trump green-lighted the decision to publicly disclose the document. The Australian government tipped off the FBI to what Papadapoulos had said, according to the Times.

The federation representing FBI agents rejected any notion that their work was governed by political bias.

Comey has also used language about "weasels" before, most notably in a September 2016 congressional hearing when he defended the FBI's handling of the Hillary Clinton email investigation.


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