December 18, 2018

Nunes' memo stunt deserving of censure vote

11 February 2018, 06:23 | Devin Moran

Donald J. Trump on Twitter: "Little Adam Schiff, who is desperate to run for higher office, is one of the biggest liars and

The top secret classified memo written by House Intelligence Committee Republican staff was declassified for release by US President Donald Trump on 2 February 2018

Later this week, when he finally finishes reading it, Donald Trump is expected to release House Democrats' "pretty lengthy" 10-page response to the Nunes memo, opening a second act in a bit of political theater that has consumed Washington.

According to Fox News, Schiff said he hoped President Trump "does not redact our memo for political purposes".

The White House indicated on Friday that President Donald Trump won't declassify a memo from Democrats on the House Intelligence Committee, citing national security concerns.

President Trump has until Friday to decide whether to release a secret Democratic rebuttal to the Nunes memo. But Sarah Huckabee Sanders, the White House press secretary, declined to say whether the president meant to handle the matter the same way he did the Republican memo. They say it contradicts some of the GOP document.

The committee has extended Bannon's subpoena three times while the White House counsel works out terms of the intelligence committee's interview.

FISA warrants, which are issued by the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court, allow agencies to spy on US citizens suspected of working for a foreign government.

"That was one piece of the puzzle that they had to basically show the court in order to get this FISA", Entous said.

The dossier was part of opposition research funded by the Democratic National Committee and the Hillary Clinton campaign to look into Trump's ties to Russian Federation. It was classified to all but members of Congress, many of whom gave interviews describing a major scandal that would undermine special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation into ties between the Trump campaign and Russian Federation.

The controversial Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act, originally approved by Congress to fight terrorism, was misused to conduct a domestic partisan political witch hunt to the benefit of one US presidential candidate over another, conclude dozens of sources from the FBI, Justice Department and other intelligence agencies.

Essentially the question is this: What did the Federal Bureau of Investigation actually know about the controversial "Steele dossier" that alleges all sorts of ties between the Trump campaign and the Russian government, and what did it know about former British Intelligence Officer Christopher Steele when it used his information to get authorization to snoop on former Trump aide Carter Page? For example, Nunes does not state that the government surveilled Page only after he'd left the Trump campaign.

He thinks once Americans can see the Democratic memo, he believes that they'll see how important the Republican memo was and why it may need to be released.

The vote gives Mr. Trump five days to review the Democratic memo and determine whether he will try to block its release. The memo asserts those seeking the warrant did not tell the judge about the fingerprints of the Democratic Party and Clinton campaign on the dossier. "We'll brief the President on it and he'll have a decision to make as to what he wants to do with it: Should he do the same thing he did on the first memo and essentially declassify it or should he declassify it with some redactions".

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