The Department of Justice told the FISA Court in 2016 that politics were at least partially behind the probable cause used to obtain a warrant to spy on the Trump campaign, Rep. Adam Schiff, D-Calif., said Monday. Trump accused Schiff of illegally leaking confidential information from the committee, called the congressman "Little Adam Schiff" and ominously said that he "must be stopped".
President Donald Trump on Saturday claimed complete vindication from a congressional memo that alleges the FBI abused its surveillance powers during the investigation into his campaign's possible Russian Federation ties.
"Mr. President, I see you've had a busy morning of 'Executive Time.' Instead of tweeting false smears, the American people would appreciate it if you turned off the TV and helped solve the funding crisis, protected Dreamers or.really anything else", he tweeted.
Also Tuesday, the House intelligence committee gave Bannon another week to negotiate the terms of a closed-door interview.
"I have to think that it's going to have a chilling effect on what they're willing to share with us", he said. House Speaker Paul Ryan, understanding sentiment in the Republican grassroots over the Russian Federation issue, backed the release of the document even though he made a somewhat half-hearted argument that it did not impugn the Mueller investigation in any way. Representatives also said the memo should not impede Mueller.
Schiff again said Tuesday on CNN that he's concerned about the White House making political redactions - not to protect sources, but to block information that might be unfavorable to the president.
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. The investigation was triggered by information about Trump campaign aide George Papadopoulos, who pleaded guilty a year ago to lying to the FBI.More news: We didn't play our number one game in final: Rahul Dravid
If he makes the Schiff memo public, the president opens himself and Republicans up to criticism that the Nunes memo purposefully left out information to insinuate the Federal Bureau of Investigation is biased against Trump.
The FBI on January 31 took the unusual step of publicly opposing the release of the memo, saying it demonstrated "material omissions of fact that fundamentally impact the memo's accuracy".
Trump's high-profile statements about the two men come in the midst of an ongoing battle over dueling memos - the one released last week by Republicans and the one that Democrats now want to release that they say rebuts much of one from last week.
Republicans on the Intel Committee last week blocked a Democratic move to release both memos at the same time, but had signaled that they were open to releasing the Dem memo once it went through the same process of classification review that the Republican memo did. Just seven days ago, Republicans on the committee voted not to release Schiff's memo in a party-line vote.
The California Democrat has slammed the release of a congressional memo that alleges FBI surveillance abuses in an investigation into the Trump campaign's Russian Federation ties.
Many Republicans used the memo to close ranks around Trump.
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.