Gowdy: Memo Has No Impact on Russia Probe

Lawmakers warn Trump against firing top officials

The Nunes memo - the most explicit Republican effort yet to discredit the FBI's investigation into Trump and Russia - has drawn criticism from Democrats as well as some Republicans, who say it is politically motivated, and also from the FBI, which warned it omitted key facts that could affect its veracity. It's nice to see the news pages engaging in this kind of obvious scrutiny, but that scrutiny only matters if they do something about it-and if the rest of the media joins them.

The Republican memo accused senior FBI and Justice Department officials of not revealing that portions of a dossier used in seeking a secret Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court warrant to eavesdrop on former Trump campaign aide Carter Page were partly paid for by Democrats.

There are currently several investigations into possible ties between the Trump campaign and Russia, but Trump has repeatedly denied any collusion with Russia in its efforts to influence the 2016 election.

She also said the Nunes memo is an attempt to make the investigation by special counsel Robert Mueller look "not worthwhile", and that Republicans engaged in "cherry-picking" information to include in the memo.

In addition, the timeline set forth in the memo indicates that the FISA warrants were submitted by both the Obama and Trump administrations.

Given how little substance there is to the Nunes memo, the Republicans made a misstep by pushing through its release in a partisan manner.

Mr Steele's research, according to the memo, "formed an essential part" of the warrant application.

The Nunes memo claims to show that the warrant was obtained unlawfully, but there is no way of knowing that without examining the extensive evidence submitted in conjunction with the warrant, which the memo does not do. The memo goes to great lengths to undermine public confidence in the FBI investigation by singling out one of multiple FBI sources who alerted investigators to suspicious contacts between Trump campaign operatives and Russian agents.

The memo published last Friday at the behest of Rep. Devin Nunes, chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, suggests the FBI and Justice Department improperly surveilled a former adviser to the Trump campaign.

Maybe not. But maybe it's time to at least start trying again. "So I'm sure that that instructs some of what he said". The committee rejected that move last week, with one Republican member saying revisions are needed so the memo will not endanger national security. I am on record as saying I support Bob Mueller 100 percent.

Two years ago, it was hard to find a pro-Trump Republican in Congress. Republicans today, particularly in the House, have thrown in their lot with Trump. "I actually don't think it is has any impact on the Russia probe for this reason".

"I think it's a disgrace". Richard Durbin, D-Ill., on CNN's State of the Union, and "could create a constitutional crisis in this country". The FBI had a responsibility to follow these facts where they lead.

"We have no idea if Christopher Steele even knew the source of his funding when Fusion GPS first hired him to research Donald Trump's connections to the Russian government", he added later.

President Donald Trump has said the memo "totally vindicates" him in the Russia probe. "As far as I know, no", he responded, then refused to answer when asked whether his staff members had communicated with the White House.

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