House Dems write own memo to counter GOP's Federal Bureau of Investigation memo

'I believe there are people who will go to jail'
Nunes Exposé of Justice Department/FBI Crimes, and Sources, To Be Declassified Soon

28 January, 2018

Under House rules, the Intelligence Committee can vote to disclose classified information.

"It shouldn't come out, because I have read it and I've read the underlying source material". The intel panel's top Democrat Adam Schiff announced plans Wednesday to offer a counter-memo "exposing the misleading character of the Republicans' document".

Lawmakers have described the contents of the four-page memo about surveillance abuses within the government as "jaw-dropping", "deeply disturbing", "shocking", and "troubling". One source said the calendar joke seemed less amusing to them the day after Donald Trump won.

On the Democratic side, the House Intelligence Committee staff briefed their Senate Intelligence Committee counterparts on the memo, according to two sources.

Mueller is now reportedly seeking to interview Trump.

Democrats did not know it existed until a committee meeting last week, during which its members voted along party lines to share it with the rest of the House.

"House Republicans are pressing for the memo's public release and are joining a "#ReleaseTheMemo" campaign on social media that Democrats say is being promoted by the Russian government to discredit the investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 campaign.

Democrat Adam Sciff said it was "rife with factual inaccuracies" and referenced highly classified materials that "is meant only to give Republican House members a distorted view of the Federal Bureau of Investigation". Still, as recently as Wednesday, Trump-backing GOP members have gone on TV to hype the memo and suggest impropriety among the FBI's ranks.

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For what it's worth, Boyd said in his letter that the Justice Department is "currently unaware of any wrongdoing" but that any such bias "cannot be tolerated".

"Agencies that are under investigation by congressional committees don't typically get access to the committees' investigative documents about them", said Nunes' communication director, Jack Langer.

Attorney General Jeff Sessions said in a speech in Norfolk, Va., Friday that Justice Department "don't see criticism from Congress as a bad thing", but that "while we are open to fair criticism, we will of course defend our investigators and prosecutors from criticism that is unfair".

A Fox News host called the conspiracies surrounding the infamous Nunes Memo a "weapon of mass distraction" on Thursday, departing from the network's extensive coverage of the matter.

The texts between Strzok and Page provided more fuel for the partisan rancor.

The texts showed in the texts that the agents had a "real hatred of Trump", said Gaetz.

TRUMP supporters are demanding the release of an "explosive" classified file which is said to detail the FBI's surveillance of the US President during the election. Republicans outnumber Democrats on the panel and could release it without their support. Seems kind of depressing. It blamed misconfigured software that prevented the automatic retention of such data from many bureau officials who were using Samsung 5 phones provided by the FBI. During that period, the White House will run a full interagency and national security review and the President will be advised before making a decision, according to Shah.

"When you look at five months, this is the late, great Rose Mary Woods, right?" "They've talked about it since the beginning", he said.

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