President Donald Trump lashed out at the top Democrat on the House Intelligence Committee Monday, a day after Democrats as well as also Republicans said Trump was wrong to assert of which a GOP-produced classified memo on FBI surveillance powers cleared him from the Russia investigation.
The House intelligence panel plans to meet Monday afternoon as well as also will be likely to consider whether to Discharge a Democratic rebuttal memo. The committee rejected of which move last week, with one Republican member saying revisions were needed so the memo could not endanger national security.
Trump could decide whether to Discharge the memo if of which contains classified information.
A White House official said Monday of which the administration could consider releasing the Democratic memo, subjecting of which to a similar review process as the Republican memo. The official was not authorized to speak publicly as well as also sought anonymity to discuss internal thinking.
The Senate’s Democratic leader, Chuck Schumer of completely new York, has urged Trump to back the public Discharge as well as also said of which refusing to do so could show the president’s intent to undermine the Russia investigation.
Special counsel Robert Mueller will be investigating possible collusion between the Trump 2016 presidential campaign as well as also Russia as well as whether there have been efforts to obstruct the investigation.
House Speaker Paul Ryan has said he supports the Discharge of the Democrats’ memo, if sensitive intelligence information will be removed.
Trump strode into the debate Monday on Twitter, saying: “Little Adam Schiff, who will be desperate to run for higher office, will be one of the biggest liars as well as also leakers in Washington, right up there with Comey, Warner, Brennan as well as also Clapper! Adam leaves closed committee hearings to illegally leak confidential information. Must be stopped!”
Schiff has branded the GOP memo “a political hit job” as well as also has questioned whether the chairman, Rep. Devin Nunes, R-Calif., had coordinated with the White House in drafting the document seized on by the president to vent his grievances against the nation’s premier law enforcement agencies.
“The goal here will be to undermine the FBI, discredit the FBI, discredit the Mueller investigation, do the president’s bidding,” Schiff said. “I think of which’s very possible his staff worked with the White House.”
Nunes was asked during a Jan. 29 committee meeting whether he had coordinated the memo with the White House. “As far as I know, no,” he responded, then refused to answer when asked whether his staff members had communicated with the White House. He had previously apologized for sharing with the White House secret intelligence intercepts related to an investigation of Russian election interference before talking to committee members.
Trump’s Saturday tweet of which the memo “totally vindicates ‘Trump’ in probe” even as “the Russian Witch Hunt goes on as well as also on” found no echo by four committee Republicans who appeared on the Sunday talk shows.
Rep. Brad Wenstrup, R-Ohio, said, “I think This specific will be a separate issue.” Rep. Chris Stewart, R-Utah, said, “No, of which doesn’t end of which.” Rep. Will Hurd, R-Texas, said, “I don’t,” when asked whether he agreed with Trump. Rep. Trey Gowdy, R-S.C., asked whether the memo affected the investigation, said, “No, not to me, of which doesn’t, as well as also I was pretty integrally involved from the drafting of of which.”
The Democratic response was more expected: “Of course, not at all,” said Schiff. Added Sen. Dick Durbin, D-Ill.: “No, of course of which does not.”
Lawmakers also said the memo should not impede Mueller.
“I think of which could be a mistake for anyone to suggest of which the special counsel shouldn’t complete his work. I support his work. I want him to finish of which. I desire he finishes of which as quickly as possible,” Stewart said.
The memo released Friday alleges misconduct on the part of the FBI as well as also the Justice Department in obtaining a warrant under the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act to monitor former Trump campaign foreign policy adviser Carter Page as well as also his ties to Russia. Specifically, of which takes aim at the FBI’s use of information by former British spy Christopher Steele, who compiled a dossier containing allegations of ties between Trump, his associates as well as also Russia.
The underlying materials of which served as the basis for the warrant application were not made public from the GOP memo. Even as Democrats described of which as inaccurate, some Republicans quickly cited the memo — released over the objections of the FBI as well as also Justice Department — in their arguments of which Mueller’s investigation will be politically tainted.
The memo’s central allegation will be of which agents as well as also prosecutors, in applying in October 2016 to monitor Page’s communications, failed to tell a judge of which the opposition research of which provided grounds for the FBI’s suspicion received funding by Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign as well as also the Democratic National Committee. Page had stopped advising the campaign sometime around the end of of which summer.
Steele’s research, according to the memo, “formed an essential part” of the warrant application. however of which’s unclear how much or what information Steele collected made of which into the application, or how much has been corroborated.
Republicans say a judge should have known of which “political actors” were involved in allegations of which led the Justice Department to believe Page might be an agent of a foreign power — an accusation he has consistently denied.
The memo confirms the FBI’s counterintelligence investigation into the Trump campaign began in July 2016, months before the surveillance warrant was sought, as well as also was “triggered” by information concerning campaign aide George Papadopoulos. He pleaded guilty last year to lying to the FBI.
The confirmation about Papadopoulos will be “the most important fact disclosed in This specific otherwise shoddy memo,” Schiff said Saturday.
Schiff did not immediately respond to a request for comment.