President Trump Authorizes Release of Nunes Memo

WASHINGTON –House Republicans, with the approval of President Donald Trump, on Friday released a disputed GOP intelligence memo that alleges FBI abuses of its surveillance authority.

The memo is available to read here.

The highly controversial memo from the GOP and Rep. Devin Nunes alleges that then-Deputy FBI Director Andrew McCabe told the House Intelligence Committee that no surveillance warrant would have been sought for a Trump campaign aide without the Steele dossier.

The memo’s release threatens to further fracture the frayed relationship between the President and his Justice Department and intelligence community, both of which opposed the release of the document, which is based on classified intelligence. The FBI issued a rare public warning on Wednesday that the memo omits key information that could impact its veracity.

The FISA court granted a warrant to monitor former Trump foreign policy adviser Carter Page and approved three subsequent renewals, according to the memo.

Even if the dossier was used as part of the application, a FISA renewal indicates that a judge was convinced that the surveillance was yielding information about the target acting as an agent of a foreign power that merited continued monitoring.

The memo alleges that Steele had an anti-Trump financial and ideological motivations that were not included in the FISA application. Senior DOJ officials knew about ex-British intelligence agent Christopher Steele’s anti-Trump bias, according to the memo.

The memo names former officials in the Obama administration who signed off on the warrants, saying former FBI Director James Comey signed three applications, and McCabe and former Deputy Attorney General Sally Yates signed at least one.

But the memo also states that Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein — who was elevated under Trump — signed off on at least one FISA application for Page. Rosenstein’s role in renewing the FISA warrants has sparked Trump’s ire. Dana Boente — who is currently the FBI general counsel and was appointed by Trump’s FBI director — signed off as well on one or more of the applications.

Democrats dispute memo’s findings

Democrats have slammed the Republican memo as misleading and inaccurate. Rep. Adam Schiff of California, the top Democrat on the House Intelligence Committee, called the memo “a shameful effort to discredit” the FBI and Justice Department and an attempt to undermine special counsel Robert Mueller’s probe.

“The Republican document mischaracterizes highly sensitive classified information that few members of Congress have seen, and which Chairman Nunes himself chose not to review,” Schiff said. “It fails to provide vital context and information contained in DOJ’s FISA application and renewals, and ignores why and how the FBI initiated, and the special counsel has continued, its counterintelligence investigation into Russia’s election interference and links to the Trump campaign.”

But Nunes said in a statement that committee had “discovered serious violations of the public trust, and the American people have a right to know when officials in crucial institutions are abusing their authority for political purposes.”

“It is my hope that the committee’s actions will shine a light on this alarming series of events so we can make reforms that allow the American people to have full faith and confidence in their governing institutions,” Nunes said.

Trump says memo a ‘disgrace’

White House spokesman Raj Shah said the document had previously been transmitted to the minority and majority members in the House Intelligence Committee. The document was also sent to House Speaker Paul Ryan’s office, Shah said.

The White House requested no redactions, Shah said.

Speaking in the Oval Office, Trump implied the memo revealed political bias at the FBI. He said he believed the purported bias was a “disgrace” and said certain people should be “ashamed of themselves.”

Asked in the Oval Office on Friday whether he retained confidence in Rosenstein or if he planned to fire him, Trump demurred.

“You figure that one out,” Trump said.

The extraordinary decision to release the classified four-page memo with a never-before-used House Intelligence Committee rule escalates the partisan fight over the investigations into Russian election meddling and possible collusion. This will likely have major repercussions for the relationship between the Justice Department and Capitol Hill.

The memo, spearheaded by Nunes, the chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, alleges that the FBI used the opposition research dossier on Trump and Russia written by Steele to secure a FISA surveillance warrant on Page without disclosing that the dossier was funded in part by Democratic sources.

In a statement earlier this week, Nunes said, “It’s clear that top officials used unverified information in a court document to fuel a counter-intelligence investigation during an American political campaign.”

The dossier alleges that Page met senior Russian officials as an emissary of the Trump campaign and discussed quid-pro-quo deals relating to sanctions, business opportunities and Russia’s interference in the election. After Page took a trip to Russia in July 2016, the FBI grew concerned that he had been compromised by Russian operatives, US officials briefed on the matter told CNN.

Page says he never cut any political deals with the Kremlin and says there was nothing illegal in his interactions with Russian officials.

Democrats have dismissed the memo as a “profoundly misleading” Republican document that’s intended to undermine Mueller’s investigation by targeting Rosenstein and McCabe, who stepped down earlier this week.

The release comes despite a lobbying effort from senior officials at the FBI and Justice Department , who argued that the memo contained inaccuracies.

 

64 comments

  • Zero Is Trump's Hero

    Um, “Idea of Zero,” honey? You have a lil something on your lips…oh! Trump left you a DNA sample…

    • Idea of Zero

      Tell me that after two years. Fake unemployment gains, and fake stock market narratives as talking points will only carry wind for so long. I am actually a registered Democrat that believed the falsehoods for far too long. I voted for Obama, I thought it just needed time. Then job creation happened lately? Who am I going to trust?

  • Idea of Zero

    If you want to call President Trump? The number is 1 (202) 456-1111. Seems like a better avenue than shutting down the local free thinkers that usually save your biased platform.

  • Idea of Zero

    The best part is how you tried to push Russia in the comments when one of Hillary’s biggest supporters just said it was fake from a Yahoo journalist. Do you think your audience is retarded? Bring back something like Mike Stevens and the Pennsylvania road. I cannot believe the hate that is coming from you idiots for your own countrymen while being obvious. FFS

  • Idea of Zero

    Wow, the WNEP news room went clickity clack on this one really big. It is a monster of a story worse than when Hi Liar scooped Bernie votes and had the questions to the debates. A “Banana Republic” is dependent on a stratified working class to keep holding power even with a different person in a powerful position, but is like minded. We just happened to see it at the highest level. It is now time to UNIFY. People are waking up every day.

    • Idea of Zero

      Stay strong “Muh feelings” kids. The rest of us that really pay the bills know what is up with your censorship and ‘dislike quotas’ whenever we choose to make a statement to try and bring you back. Social injustice! While you can’t set foot in Newark or Chicago without pissing yourself. Shadilay

      • Idea of Zero

        This is such a strange agenda against free speech, that I even disliked my own comments to go along with it. Congrats WNEP employed commentors, that disregard people who like amphibians.. You obviously make your own game, so we will leave you to your devices. You just became an inside joke ;)

      • Idea of Zero

        Sanction Canada.. A worthless place 5 out of 12 months that uses the USA as a crutch and tries to pretend they are all Letterkenny smart. Get over yourself. The couch was not invented for your enjoyment.

      • True American! USA!

        So you also won’t answer why Trump the Traitor refuses to sanction Russia. Gotta love these Trump supporters, they can’t actually defend their Russian traitor.

        And yeah, WNEP pays me $500 every time someone refuses to answer me when I ask why Trumpski won’t sanction his buddy Vladimir Putin. I’m getting rich off you people!

    • True American! USA!

      Hey look! Another Trump Brand Snowflake who won’t answer why their Russian traitor President won’t put sanctions on Russia.

      It’s a blizzard in here with all you Trump-flakes!

    • True American! USA!

      This moron calls me a “DUMOCRAT” and then also says “No point to make aye, retort with names. Drip, drip little flake”. Typical Trump lover!

  • True American! USA!

    Oh look at my shock when still, nearly a day later, no Trump Lovers can offer any explanation for their Russian agent, Donnie J Trump, refusing to sanction Russia. Face it, your guy is a Russian asset…a traitor to the great USA!

  • True American! USA!

    Want to know how you can be sure this memo was a dud? WNEP has already gone into snowflake mode and this story doesn’t even show on the front page! HAHAHAHAH Trumpsters are the ULTIMATE SNOWFLAKES!

    • Lord Chesterfield

      Now the truth be told! You can’t handle the truth! Dimms haven proven their dumber than initially thought. Nothing but radical left wing sissified miscreants who’s concept of reality begins and ends in their imagination. Never to step outside imagined safe spaces fortified by invisible barriers that resemble incarceration but totted as freedom. Crawl back into your hole swine and live in your own filth. You are disgusting!

      • True American! USA!

        ” Dimms haven proven their dumber”

        LOL you stupid Trump Lover. If you’re going to insult people’s intelligence maybe you should learn 2nd grade grammar first! It should be “Dimms HAVE proven THEY’RE dumber”. I know you Trumpers like to talk about how folks should learn English if they live in America, so maybe you should take that advice and learn our language!

      • Roflmao

        Ahhh, the 2nd grade English game. No point to make aye, retort with names. Drip, drip little flake…Roflmao

      • True American! USA!

        This moron calls me a “DUMOCRAT” above, and then also says “No point to make aye, retort with names. Drip, drip little flake”. Typical Trump lover!

  • Lance

    Well if the memo isn’t correct why are so many democrats and nevertrumper republicans trying to stop its release?Because the fbi can’t do an unbiased investigation when its own people spy on a political campaign. When Trump said during his campaign he was being bugged the media laughed at him. Whos laughing now?

    • True American! USA!

      I am. I’m laughing now. Laughing at all these people so desperate for a “win” that they support an obvious Russian Traitor named Donald Trump.

    • True American! USA!

      People with any common sense didn’t want the memo released because it damages our country’s relationship with the Intelligence Community for nothing in return. The memo wasn’t shocking, it was claimed this memo would be bigger than Watergate. It isn’t. It’s nothing. Other countries are now less likely to share intelligence with us out of fear that dumb Trump loving Republicans with publish that intelligence in a public memo.

  • trucker

    Citizen, candidate and then President Donald J. Trump was illegally spied on.
    When Wray saw the memo and supporting documents McCabe was told not to even show up at the office.
    The memo exposes CNN as liars and that The President was truthful when tweeting about being spied upon.
    This is a clear and present danger to constitutional self-government.

    • True American! USA!

      Haha, Russian Agent Trump was spied on!
      JUST ANSWER ONE THING: WHY WON’T TRUMP SANCTION RUSSIA? BECAUSE HE’S A RUSSIAN TRAITOR, THAT’S WHY. I BET YOU DON’T ANSWER, YOU’LL JUST TALK ABOUT HILLARY OR SOMETHING.

      • True American! USA!

        JD must be a Russian traitor too! Answer the question, stop avoiding it! It’s so obvious you have no answer for your traitor Trump and his refusal to sanction Russia! Why won’t Trump sanction Russia? Answer without bringing up Hillary, if that;s possible for you

  • 4 more years!

    If Trump was a lotion, I would apply him all over my body from head to toe! I just can’t get enough of him! (Was that a little much?) I don’t care, he’s the man!!!!!

    • Jd

      Tomorrow’s headlines: Democratic snowflakes melting causes concerns for flooding! Haha! Don’t call FEMA! They’re tapped out!

  • Cowboy

    Most democrats not all, are on welfare and vote for democratic policies because of free giveaways from working class people TAXES! Look at governor WOLF! He put 33 cents more on gas passing a bill now for 5 dollars on every vehicle you own. That’s more. Democrat wolf.
    Need JOBS not welfare.

  • True American! USA!

    Too bad you eat fake news for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Russia got 20% stake in a Canadian mining company that mines Uraniam. RUSSIA DID NOT GET ANY ACTUAL URANIUM! Deflect some more from your Russian traitor president.

    OH HEY AND REMEMBER JUST THIS WEEK HOW TRUMP REFUSED TO SANCTION RUSSIA? HE’S A TRAITOR TO OUR GREAT COUNTRY!

  • Jeff Woehrle

    So, the whole premise of Mueller’s “investigation” was a discredited report paid for by democrats.

    Trump was right.

    • McCracken

      Originally, it was paid for by conservatives who did not want to see Trump become the GOP nominee. Then, after Trump won the GOP ticket, the Democrats picked up the funding.

  • Jd

    True american: “nothing burger” is such an over used Hillary Clinton cliche it has zero meaning anymore. Need a tissue?

    • True American! USA!

      LOL Keep talking about Hillary to deflect from your Russian traitor President. Who gives a **** about Hillary? Only people deflecting from our Russian traitor President keep talking about Hillary.

      HOW COME TRUMP DIDN’T SANCTION RUSSIA THIS WEEK? BECAUSE HE’S A TRAITOR!

      • True American! USA!

        After this memo that’s more dud than explosive I think it’s Trump who is out of gas…and out of distractions.

      • True American! USA!

        Hahaha…”Tip of the iceberg” They hyped this memo for 2 weeks, saying the country would be SHOCKED once we read it. No one is shocked, it’s a bunch of stuff we already knew…Carter Page under surveillance is not something new.

        You know it’s a HUGE NOTHINGBURGER so you just say BS like “Tip of the Iceberg”, it’s pretty obvious what you’re doing.

      • Jd

        BTW: it was Hillary that signed off giving Vladimir 20 per cent of our uranium, NOT Trump! Seen any cancer patients lately to get their perspective?! Dumb azz!

      • True American! USA!

        Too bad you eat fake news for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Russia got 20% stake in a Canadian mining company that mines Uraniam. RUSSIA DID NOT GET ANY ACTUAL URANIUM! Deflect some more from your Russian traitor president.

        OH HEY AND REMEMBER JUST THIS WEEK HOW TRUMP REFUSED TO SANCTION RUSSIA? HE’S A TRAITOR TO OUR GREAT COUNTRY!

  • Trump rocks!

    Good stuff! What an awsome leader we have! I love this guy! Best person for our country since Reagan. Looks like 2020 will be a walk in the park. Even easier if Pocahontas runs against him.

  • Annie

    This volatile and unstable leader of our country is the real disgrace! Let’s fuel more fodder to continue as the butt of jokes for most other countries’ that view the leadership of the USA as Earth’s laughingstock! This move I this move will certainly widen the divide of our country’s citizens who should not rely on the wealthy elite to adequately make decisions that affect our everyday lives. Hegemony at its best! I’m scared

    • Fear not

      If you think Trump is a laughing stock to other world leaders, you aren’t paying attention. Did you see the reaction to him at davos? Have you seen the way he is welcomed when he visits foreign nations? Or are you just taking the media’s word for it? See what is real and have no fear. Our president, though imperfect, is amazing.

  • Jd

    Only top officials opposed the release. Many rank and file employees at the FBI were in agreement that it should be released. Again, we only get parts of the news.

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