By Isabel Indresano 2/27/2018
The House Intelligence Committee released a 10-page redacted Democratic memo which proclaimed to counter the Republican memo released earlier, sharply criticizing FBI surveillance of President Trump’s campaign officials.
The memo was released to the public Saturday morning, following a sign off from the White House. This came after negotiations on what should be redacted were held between the FBI and Rep. Adam Schiff, the committee’s top Democrat. President Trump decided earlier this month not to release the memo, arguing that sensitive material had to be removed before it could be released by the White House.
The Democratic memo was written to contradict the GOP memo’s accusation that the FBI limited Democratic access to a dossier with information regarding Mr. Trump’s interactions with Russia. The memo defends the FBI and the Department of Justice stating that they relied on more information than the dossier alone.
The memo states, “FBI and DOJ officials did not ‘abuse’ the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) process, omit material information, nor subvert this vital tool to spy on the Trump campaign.”
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