Trump won't declassify Democratic memo on Russian Federation probe

Trump says Democratic intelligence memo is'very political and needs redaction

Trump says Democratic intelligence memo is'very political and needs redaction

Last month Gowdy helped whip up fears about the credibility of the intelligence community, suggesting that there may be an anti-Trump "secret society" within the government - based on an out of context joke. It was published in full a week ago over the objections of the Justice Department.

Now, Democrats on the intelligence panel want to release their own memo.

Addressing a think tank in Abu Dhabi, the Trump critic said that while it was unclear if the Kremlin impacted the overall result of the presidential vote - there was "pretty clear evidence that the Russians meddled". "But to succeed in their work, they need public backing. We're going to release a letter", Mr Trump said.

The latest details, which detail alleged spy abuses, are likely to complicate efforts by Democratic leaders to rebut the allegations and keep the public focused on the continuing investigation into claims the Trump campaign colluded with Russian Federation. Schiff said the White House limited his testimony to a pre-approved set of 14 questions. Both Democrats and Republicans used the release of the so-called torture report in late 2015 outlining the CIA's detention and interrogation program as political ammunition.

White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders told reporters on Wednesday that the FBI's Russian Federation investigation is a "politically motivated witch hunt" and the Nunes' memo details "vindicated" those criticisms by Trump.

My job reviewing those warrants existed because prior to the establishment of a National Security Division at the Justice Department, a special assistant to the attorney general with the appropriate clearances had the job of making sure the attorney general did not sign off on a warrant application that got bounced back from the FISA court.

Two influential Republican senators have injected new information into the partisan dispute over the government's secret surveillance of a former campaign adviser to President Donald Trump, revealing more details about how the Federal Bureau of Investigation and Justice Department used research compiled by a former British spy whose work was funded by Democrats.

The four-page document was commissioned by Representative Devin Nunes, the Republican chairman of the House of Representatives Intelligence Committee, and released on February 2.

Christopher Steele wrote the memos in the dossier while being funded by the Democratic National Convention and the Hillary Clinton campaign. "So they'll be rebutting the Nunes memo without even mentioning the fact that the information has been confirmed, and expanded upon, in the Senate". He already has attacked the ranking Democrat on the committee, U.S. Rep. Adam Schiff, calling him "one of the biggest liars and leakers in Washington", saying - without proof - that Schiff left closed hearings "to illegally leak confidential information" and closing ominously by saying that "Little Adam Schiff ... must be stopped".

If they had informed the Judge that the dossier was actually an opposition research document paid for by the opposing candidate and her party the Judge would have laughed them out of the court.

FISA demands that federal authorities go through a more rigorous process to obtain surveillance orders for individuals, rather than the mass-surveillance exposed by Edward Snowden.

The FBI did cut ties with Steele after they learned he had provided information to news outlets in October 2016, a matter which was disclosed to the court. The Democratic memo is expected to elaborate on these points.

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