House Intelligence Committee ranking member Adam Schiff said Tuesday that he would not make any revisions to the Democratic rebuttal to the so-called Nunes memo.
President Donald Trump declined to declassify the Democratic memo on Friday, citing national-security risks.
Schiff said he would only make redactions as necessary and based on the advice of the FBI and Department of Justice.
Rep. Adam Schiff, the ranking member on the House Intelligence Committee, said Tuesday that he will not make any revisions to the Democratic memo that was drafted as a rebuttal to the so-called Nunes memo, authored by Chair Devin Nunes.
The Nunes memo purports to show the FBI and Department of Justice abusing their surveillance authority when they submitted a Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) warrant to monitor Carter Page, a former adviser to President Donald Trump’s campaign.
The Democratic memo, which Schiff authored, was crafted as a response to the Nunes memo. The House Intelligence Committee unanimously voted to release it to the White House last Monday. Among other things, the Schiff memo will accuse Nunes of cherry-picking information to misrepresent the intelligence community’s work and discredit the FBI’s investigation into Russia’s election interference.
“We’re not going to make any revisions to it,” Schiff said Tuesday. “The only question is what redactions will be made. And obviously we’d like to keep those to a minimum.”
Trump on Friday declined to declassify the Democratic rebuttal. The White House counsel Don McGahn said in a letter to the committee that Trump was unable to declassify it because of “numerous properly classified and sensitive passages.” The White House directed the Justice Department to assist the committee in making changes that would facilitate the document’s release.
McGahn’s letter also came attached with a classified document, not viewable to the public, from FBI …read more
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