White House: Dem memo 'fails to answer serious concerns' raised by Nunes25 February 2018 | 09:53 | FOCUS News Agency
“This politically driven document fails to answer serious concerns raised by the Majority’s memorandum about the use of partisan opposition research from one candidate, loaded with uncorroborated allegations, as a basis to ask a court to approve surveillance of a former associate of another candidate, at the height of a presidential campaign,” White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said in a statement.
House Intelligence Committee Democrats on Saturday release a redacted 10-page memo authored by the committee's top Democrat, Rep. Adam Schiff (Calif.). The memo aims to counter a Republican document released Feb. 2 that alleged the FBI and Justice Department abused their surveillance powers to spy on a Trump campaign official.
Speaking at the Conservative Political Action Conference on Saturday, Rep. Devin Nunes (R-Calif.), the chairman of the House Intelligence Committee whose staff drafted the original memo, said the Democrats' document does not affect the substance of the Republican one.
President Trump had previously blocked the release of the Democrats' memo earlier this month, despite the Intelligence Committee voting unanimously to release it. He said at the time that the administration had raised concerns about some of its sensitive information.
"While the Democrats' memorandum attempts to undercut the president politically, the president supported its release in the interest of transparency,” Sanders said Saturday.
Lawmakers from both parties had called for Trump to approve the release of the Democratic memo after the GOP document alleged that senior Justice Department and FBI officials improperly secured warrants from a secretive intelligence court to surveil former Trump campaign adviser Carter Page.
Republicans said officials did not properly disclose that some of the information used in their application for the warrant came from a dossier of unverified allegations on Trump's ties to Russia that was paid for in part by Hillary Clinton's campaign and the Democratic National Committee.
Sanders said Saturday that the Democrats' memo "fails to even address the fact that the deputy FBI director told the committee that had it not been for the dossier, no surveillance order would have been sought."
“As the president has long stated, neither he nor his campaign ever colluded with a foreign power during the 2016 election, and nothing in today’s memo counters that fact,” she said.
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