The Nunes Memo Released by House Intel
Friday afternoon, the House Intelligence Committee, released what has been called, “The Memo” a document prepared by House Chairman Representative Devin Nunes (R-CA). President Trump had on Friday morning declassified the report which allowed the memo to be publicly released. The memo has been a subject of scrutiny for weeks as a guessing game emerged as to whether the information was true and did those facts lead to a FISA warrant being illegally obtained.
The memo insinuates that the FBI and Justice Department investigations into the Trump campaign and Russian influence was done for political reasons to help elect former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton to the Presidency. The memo states that Carter Page, a foreign affairs advisor to the Trump campaign, was illegally surveilled. The memo accuses the FBI of using the discredited “Steele Dossier” as the basis for the application of the FISA warrant. The Steele dossier is a report which was first financed by GOP supporter who wanted to acquire “dirt” on candidate Trump as they were backing another GOP candidate for President Senator Marco Rubio, (R-FL). When Rubio struck out in his quest for the nomination, attorneys for the Democratic National Committee paid for the research through Fusion GPS a security company.
The memo states that the Steele dossier being used for a basis of a FISA warrant was not only illegal but immoral since the application did not contain the drawbacks of the dossier. The memo reports that “material and relevant information was omitted” from the FISA application. The memo states the author of the dossier, Christopher Steele, was determined to make sure that Donald Trump not be elected to the presidency. The memo goes on to state that there is an atmosphere of partisan politics at the Federal Bureau of Investigation.
The memo states “Due to the sensitive nature of foreign intelligence activity, FISA submissions (including renewals) before the FISC are classified. As such, the public’s confidence in the integrity of the FISA process depends on the court’s ability to hold the government to the highest standard—particularly as it relates to surveillance of American citizens.” This is a foundation in which the country was founded that citizens have rights to privacy and that courts do not have unlimited power.
Yet, this memo alleges that the courts, the FBI and the Justice Department did not protect Carter Page’s rights. According to the Nunes memo, “Then-Director James Comey signed three FISA applications in question on behalf of the FBI, and Deputy Director Andrew McCabe signed one. Then-DAG Sally Yates, then-Acting DAG Dana Boente, and DAG Rod Rosenstein each signed one or more
FISA applications on behalf of DOJ.” Those applications the memo alleges were based on unreliable information in the Steele dossier. Only Director Attorney General Rod Rosenstein is still at that position. All the others named have been terminated by the Trump administration.
The memo goes on to show there is partisan politics going on inside the FBI with the release of text messages between FBI agent Pete Strzok with his mistress, FBI Attorney Lisa Page. Those messages have been released earlier by FBI Director Christopher Wrey which showed a great bias toward Hillary Clinton. Strzok had been admonished for the messages and when Special Counsel Robert Mueller was aware of such messages Strzok was released from the investigation.
The Democratic response to the release of the memo was immediate. The Democrats stated that, “The premise of the Nunes memo is that the FBI and DOJ corruptly sought a FISA warrant on a former Trump campaign foreign policy adviser, Carter Page, and deliberately misled the court as part of a systematic abuse of the FISA process. As the Minority memo makes clear, none of this is true. The FBI had good reason to be concerned about Carter Page and would have been derelict in its responsibility to protect the country had it not sought a FISA warrant.”
The Democrats of the House Intelligence Committee has written their own response but the Intelligence Committee voted against the release of that memo but Friday afternoon Speaker of the House, Paul Ryan, (R-WI) stated that he supports the release of the Democrats memo as both sides should be heard too.
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