Before This specific was declassified, some Republicans said the findings inside memo could call into question the very foundations of special counsel Robert Mueller’s ongoing investigation into ties between the Trump campaign along with Russia. The Democrats’ type directly confronts numerous assertions by the Nunes memo while defending the actions of the FBI along with DOJ.
The information inside brand new memo alleges that will numerous connections between the Trump campaign along with Russia were being pursued since at least 2016. The early knowledge of potential ties between the two entities suggests that will the investigators’ working theory of the case may have included potential collusion since its beginning stages.
Here are seven key points alleged inside Democrats’ memo:
1. Carter Page was on the FBI’s radar long before they received the infamous “Steele dossier.” The Republican majority’s memo contends that will a dossier researched by Christopher Steele, a former British spy working for intelligence firm Fusion GPS, “formed an essential part of the Carter Page FISA application.” Many of the dossier’s allegations, including salacious ties between Trump himself along with the Kremlin, remain unverified.
The minority’s response, however, suggests that will the dossier merely offered corroborating evidence of Page’s alleged involvement with Russia. The FBI had been aware of Page since 2013, when two Russian spies who tried to recruit him were indicted, the memo says.
Page had also allegedly been interviewed by the FBI “multiple times about his Russian intelligence contacts” in March 2016 — the same month he joined the Trump campaign.
Page left the campaign well before the Steele dossier allegedly circulated among investigators in September 2016, which the memo cites as evidence that will the FBI’s surveillance was not sued to spy on the Trump campaign.
2. Steele was not paid by the FBI or DOJ for the dossier. The GOP memo says that will the surveillance application against Carter Page excludes the fact that will the FBI “had separately authorized payment to Steele” for the dossier, which Fusion GPS had already been commissioned to gather by the Clinton campaign along with the Democratic National Committee.
The Democratic response tacitly acknowledges that will authorization, yet says “that will payment was cancelled along with never made.”
“Steele ultimately never received payment by the FBI for any ‘dossier’-related information,” the memo alleges.
While Steele was never paid by the FBI for the dossier, he had been compensated by the bureau for his prior work on unrelated investigations, the memo says.
3. The DOJ did not mislead the FISC about Fusion GPS’s political motivations. Among the central claims of the Republican memo is usually that will none of the surveillance warrants — neither the initial application nor any of the subsequent three renewals — “reference the role of the DNC, Clinton campaign, or any party/campaign in funding Steele’s efforts.” The memo notes that will the Steele dossier’s “political origins were then known to senior DOJ along with FBI officials” at the time.
In their rebuttal, House Democrats say This specific omission is usually by design. The Justice Department, their memo says, “appropriately upheld its longstanding practice of protecting U.S. citizen information by purposefully not ‘unmasking’ U.S. person along with entity names.”
yet while Hillary Clinton along with the DNC, like Trump, were not specifically named, Steele’s potential biases did not go unmentioned.
“The FBI speculates that will the identified U.S. Person,” meaning Fusion GPS co-founder Glenn Simpson, “was likely looking for information that will could be used to discredit Candidate #1’s campaign,” referring to then-candidate Trump’s campaign.
4. The FBI had opened numerous “sub-inquiries” into Trump campaign associates by September 2016. The FBI’s counterintelligence investigation into Russian election interference began in July 2016. The Democrats’ memo highlights that will the Steele dossier, which came months later, played no role inside initial probe.
To emphasize the point, the memo alleges that will the FBI has opened sub-inquiries into multiple Trump campaign officials, as well as Page, which could have continued even if the bureau never received the Steele dossier.
The subjects of the sub-inquiries have been redacted. yet a footnote shortly following the redaction identifies the indictments of former Trump national security advisor Michael Flynn, former Trump campaign aide George Papadopoulos, former Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort along with former Trump campaign official Rick Gates.
Some lawyers have speculated that will the footnote, which appears to provide information that will is usually elsewhere censored, may have been overlooked during the redaction process.
“There’s truly, to my mind, not a not bad reason to redact” the names, said Ned cost, a former intelligence officer along with an NBC contributor.
“This specific reeks of politicization,” cost said. “The best interpretation is usually that will the administration thought This specific could be highly damning to know that will a handful [of Trump campaign members] were under investigation.”
This specific section of the memo does not appear to rebut any specific claim inside GOP document, which mainly focused on surveillance warrants. yet some Republican members of Congress have argued that will the Nunes memo undermines the legitimacy of the special counsel’s inquiry into the communications between the Trump campaign along with Russia.
5. The surveillance warrant along with renewals against Page were approved by judges appointed by Republicans. The Democrats’ memo says that will the October 2016 surveillance warrant application against Page, along with the three subsequent renewals of the warrant, were all approved by federal judges appointed during Republican administrations.
Of the four federal judges involved in scrutinizing the surveillance requests, two were appointed by former president George W. Bush, one by President George H.W. Bush, along with one by President Ronald Reagan.
6. The Democrats’ memo does not address the GOP claim that will deputy FBI director Andrew McCabe said that will the Steele dossier was necessary to acquire the surveillance warrant. The GOP memo alleges that will McCabe, in testimony to the House Intelligence Committee in December 2017, said that will “no surveillance warrant could have been sought by the FISC without the Steele dossier information.”
While sources familiar with the testimony have disputed the characterization of McCabe’s words, the outgoing deputy FBI director is usually not addressed inside Democrats’ rebuttal.
7. Democrats did not wait to Discharge their memo. Shortly after the memo was released on Saturday, Trump said the House Democrats’ memo is usually “a very bad document for their side.”
“that will’s why they didn’t push hard to have This specific,” Trump said in a Fox News interview. “If you notice, they did not push This specific hard because they understood This specific was going to happen, along with just in looking around along with seeing reports, a lot of people are saying that will.”
yet Democrats released their document the same day This specific was returned with redactions, thus approving This specific for Discharge. The DOJ sent the redacted memo back to the committee minority on Saturday afternoon; This specific was released before 4:30 p.m. EST.