"You can call us wrong, but don't call us weasels", Comey said. And here's just how partisan this memo is: Nowhere in the Nunes document does that it mention that the oppo-research dossier was originally financed by the very conservative Washington Free Beacon, which, just guessing, wasn't trying to get Hillary Clinton elected.
The tweet undermines claims from House Speaker Paul Ryan that the memo is a completely separate matter from special counsel Robert Mueller's Russian Federation probe. Lawyers at the White House and Capitol Hill anxious about making unsafe missteps.
Central premises of Nunes Memo debunked.
The document quotes former FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe as telling the House intelligence committee in December that "no surveillance warrant would have been sought" from the FISA court "without the Steele dossier information".
On Friday, the committee's ranking Democrat, Rep. Adam Schiff of California, took issue with the memo's characterization of McCabe's comments, saying the former Federal Bureau of Investigation deputy director was speaking generally about how any FISA application relies on "each and every component" included.
Their colleague, Democratic Sen. Fortunately, no one who reads it could possibly take it seriously.
The New York Times also reported Friday that the FISA court was told about political motivations behind the dossier. The warrant requested was renewed on three additional occasions, meaning that judges approved it four times. So to the extent the memo deals with the dossier and the FISA process, the dossier has nothing to do with the meeting at Trump Tower.
Rep. Trey Gowdy, who announced his retirement from Congress earlier this week and serves on the Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, said the public should know the the facts behind the creation of the dossier.More news: Under 19 champions India get hero's welcome in Mumbai
Speaking with ABC News Chief Anchor George Stephanopoulos on "This Week", Schiff was asked whether he thought any coordination could be viewed as an attempt to obstruct justice in the Russian Federation investigation. In my opinion we are we're dealing with is a situation within our FISA court and how we process in our government agencies. The dossier has nothing to do with an email sent by Cambridge Analytica. He also urged the House committee to listen to the Justice Department, saying they need to pay attemtion to "what our folks who protect us have to say" about the effects on national security.
Days later, Page talked with Russia's ambassador to the U.S.at an event on the sidelines of the Republican National Convention.
Republicans have suddenly and oddly flip flopped on the FISA court system and Carter Page.
Even before the Nunes memo, most lawmakers were resigned to the idea that they would end up with two conflicting reports - a Republican version concluding there's no evidence of collusion and a Democratic one highlighting all the areas where the committee failed to sufficiently investigate.
"The president's apparent willingness to release this memo risks undermining US intelligence-gathering efforts, politicizing Congress' oversight role, and eroding confidence in our institutions of government", the senators said. This is one reason FBI directors traditionally enjoy 10-year terms; it's also why most of Washington was shocked when Trump fired FBI Director James Comey last year, after Comey had confirmed to Congress a continuing FBI investigation into the Trump campaign's contacts with Russian Federation in 2016.
They claim the document - drafted by Devin Nunes, a Trump transition official, Congressman and House Intelligence Committee chairman - has glaring holes. "For what?" Comey wrote, adding: "DOJ & FBI must keep doing their jobs". "Rank & File are great people!" But that leadership is made up of life-long Republicans appointed by President Trump.
Trump has complained bitterly about Rosenstein, who is overseeing Mueller's inquiry after Attorney General Jeff Sessions stepped aside.
Trump's decision to authorize the memo's public disclosure was extraordinary, yet part of a recent pattern.
Hannity said the memo demonstrated the charges against Flynn should be dropped, even though Flynn will plead guilty as part of a plea deal.