DOJ warns Devin Nunes not to release controversial FISA memo

Did The Obama Administration Abuse FISA To Spy On The Trump Campaign? We’ll Have To Wait 19 Days UPDATE Maybe Not

Did The Obama Administration Abuse FISA To Spy On The Trump Campaign? We’ll Have To Wait 19 Days UPDATE Maybe Not

Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) said on "The Story" on Thursday that the memo is indeed as damning as some lawmakers have claimed, and the American people have a right to see it.

"Agencies that are under investigation by congressional committees don't typically get access to the committees' investigative documents about them, and it's no surprise these agencies don't want the abuses we've found to be made public", Nunes spokesman Jack Langer said, responding to Boyd's letter.

Nunes' deliberate interference with a criminal and counterintelligence investigation, potential release of classified information and attempts to maliciously discredit the FBI should not be tolerated - especially coming from the Intelligence Committee chairman, who is supposed to be above partisan politics and is entrusted with the nation's secrets.

The Nunes document focuses on the FBI's use of a dossier on Trump and Russian Federation by former British intelligence agent Christopher Steele, alleging that the FISA judge who signed off on the dossier was not given full information about it, including that Democratic sources later paid for it. "Indeed, we do not understand why the Committee would possibly seek to disclose classified and law enforcement sensitive information without first consulting with the relevant members of the Intelligence Community".

"Regrettably, it has been necessary for Committee Democrats to draft our own memorandum, setting out the relevant facts and exposing the misleading character of the Republicans' document,"said the panel's top Democrat, Adam Schiff, "so that members of the House are not left with an erroneous impression of the dedicated professionals at the Federal Bureau of Investigation and DOJ".

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Schiff then added that the Democrats plan, on Monday, to release their own document, claiming that Republicans are misleading the public.

Since writing the memo, Nunes has kept it under lock and key but allowed members of the House to view it. If he does object, the question could come before the full House.

As House Republicans and Democrats battle over the release of a secret memo alleging surveillance abuses against the Trump campaign, Senate Republicans are not giving in to the prevailing heated rhetoric.

This week, House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte (R-VA), House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Trey Gowdy (R-SC), and House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence Chairman Devin Nunes (R-CA) commented on the lost texts, saying: "The omission of text messages between December 2016 and May 2017, a critical gap encompassing the FBI's Russian Federation investigation, is equally concerning". Jaffer was referring to text messages between the two that disparaged Trump - but also commented negatively on some Democrats.

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