Two senior FBI officials have now reviewed a controversial Republican staff memo alleging abuses of government surveillance programs during the 2016 presidential campaign, a source familiar with the matter said – adding that the officials “could not point to any factual inaccuracies.”
The two officials – one from the bureau’s counterintelligence division and the other from the legal division – followed up after an initial review of the memo during a rare Sunday trip to Capitol Hill by FBI Director Christopher Wray.
The House Intelligence Committee voted late Monday along party lines to release the memo, prompting a backlash from Democratic lawmakers. Top Democratic Rep. Adam Schiff called it a “very sad day.” President Trump has five working days to review the contents but is widely expected not to block its release.
After the contentious committee vote Monday night, the source confirmed that House staffers physically took the memo over to the White House for the president.
House Republicans have indicated the memo speaks to whether the unverified anti-Trump dossier was used to secure or extend surveillance warrants for Americans, including a Trump associate.
“If you’re interested whether or not the dossier was used in court proceedings, whether or not it was funded by political opponents, you’ll want to see the memo,” Rep. Trey Gowdy, R-S.C., said on “Fox & Friends.”
The source said the FBI and Justice Department had “fought tooth and nail” for close to a year to avoid providing the surveillance-related records to Congress. The source said additional records provided this month, after Republican committee Chairman Devin Nunes threatened to move forward with contempt of Congress citations, backed up investigators’ earlier findings.
Because of the classified nature of its content, which allegedly shows wrongdoing by the FBI during the 2016 presidential election, President Trump must review the memo before it can be released to the public for viewing, Fox News reports.
But according to Congressman Trey Gowdy, a Committee member and former prosecutor who help write the memo, Democrats have done everything possible to keep Americans from seeing the information it contains.
“My Democrat colleagues didn’t want us to find this information. They did everything they could to keep us from finding this information,” Gowdy said during an interview Tuesday morning with Fox and Friends. “I think it will be embarrassing to Adam Schiff once people realize the extent he went to kept them from learning any of this.”
“If it were up to Adam Schiff you wouldn’t know about Hillary Clinton’s email, you wouldn’t know about the server, you wouldn’t know about the server, you wouldn’t know who paid for the dossier,” he continued. “I do find it ironic he has his own memo now because if it were up to him, we wouldn’t know any of it.”
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January 30th, 2018