Nunes and Schiff take center-stage in the battle known as MemoGate

The highly controversial Republican memo alleging the FBI abused its surveillance tools was penned by House Intelligence Chairman Devin Nunes and approved for release by the House committee

The highly controversial Republican memo alleging the FBI abused its surveillance tools was penned by House Intelligence Chairman Devin Nunes and approved for release by the House committee

Trump says on Twitter Monday: "Little Adam Schiff, who is desperate to run for higher office, is one of the biggest liars and leakers in Washington, right up there with Comey, Warner, Brennan and Clapper!"

Trump didn't stop there: he accused Schiff of illegally leaking confidential information from the House Intelligence Committee that he sits on with Nunes.

Trump said over the weekend that the GOP memo "totally vindicates" him.

Democrats had claimed that the Republican memo, which alleged FBI misconduct in its Russian Federation investigation, was misleading, and thus sought to assemble its own report based on the underlying intelligence that they say will add needed context.

President Trump has five days to declassify the memo or block its release. "It's also going to be very demoralizing for people at the Federal Bureau of Investigation to see them being used as a piñata for partisan reasons".

"There are things in the memo that I would be uncomfortable with if the White House did not redact", he said. "I've served shoulder to shoulder with them and they are hard-working folks that keep us safe", said Rep.

Both Nunes and the White House have rejected allegations that they collaborated on the crafting of the memo, suspicions that several top Democrats have raised.

"The memo is about a process and what kinds of information should be used in order to allow the federal government to spy on Americans", said Hurd, a former covert Central Intelligence Agency officer.

"The FBI, Department of Justice did disclose that this was likely supported by a political act with political motivation", Schiff said.

The memo, released by House Intelligence Chairman Devin Nunes of California, alleges that a dossier of information compiled by a former British spy and paid for by a political opposition research group opposing Trump's candidacy in 2016 was a linchpin piece of information that led to a court approving a surveillance warrant of Trump campaign official Carter Page. Specifically, it takes aim at the FBI's use of information from former British spy Christopher Steele, who compiled a dossier containing allegations of ties between Trump and his associates and Russian Federation.

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Democrats said the Republican memo was meant to undermine Special Counsel Robert Mueller's criminal probe into possible collusion between Moscow and the Trump campaign, and that Trump might try to use it to justify firing Mueller or Rod Rosenstein, the No. 2 official at Justice, who signed off on at least one warrant application for Page.

The congressman is embracing the heightened attacks from the Democrats and from the media as a sign that House Republicans are getting closer to the truth of Obama administration surveillance abuses and institutional corruption.

On Monday, the Democrats will ask the committee again to vote to release their memo to the public.

Schiff, who fought last week's release of that report, has described it as a misleading, inaccurate attempt to discredit the investigation of the special counsel, Robert Mueller, into the Trump campaign's ties to Russian Federation.

Trump must allow the Democratic response to be made public.

Nonetheless, the release of the Nunes memo contributed to speculation that Trump might move to fire Mueller or the deputy attorney general, Rod Rosenstein, who oversees the special counsel's work.

"Generally speaking, we're open to considering any document the House Intel Committee submits to us for declassification along the lines that the Nunes memo was considered", said a White House spokesman, Raj Shah.

White House spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders says the Democratic memo will go through the same legal and national security review as the GOP memo, which was released last week.

The memo was top secret but was approved for release by the House Intelligence Committee a week ago and by Trump on Friday.

Gowdy, who earlier in the week announced his retirement from Congress, did not agree with Trump that the memo absolved him of any alleged wrongdoing.

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