The Nunes memo: 5 takeaways

Democrats say the memo is part of a campaign to discredit special counsel Mueller

It also endorsed adhering to existing arms control agreements, including the New START treaty that limits the United States and Russia each to 1,550 strategic nuclear warheads on a maximum of 700 deployed launchers.

That may include deputy attorney general Rod Rosenstein, who oversees special Russia counsel Robert Mueller. Caroline Fredrickson is president of the American Constitution Society.

Ohr's revelations about Steele's bias "prove sleazeball Steele's agenda" against Trump, said Page.

The memo alleges that the FBI aconcealed the Democratic ties of a source the agency used to justify surveillance on Carter Page, a former Trump campaign advisor with ties to Russia. That individual is George Papadopoulos, a former foreign policy consultant who last fall pleaded guilty to lying to Mueller investigators and is now reported to be a co-operating witness.

According to the memo, the findings "raise concerns about the legitimacy and legality" of Justice Department and FBI interactions with the court.

Ever since the U.S. intelligence community discovered the Russian operation to interfere in the 2016 presidential election and aid President Donald Trump's victory, some Republicans have been laboring to undermine investigations into the attack and discredit the intelligence agencies that discovered it. "If we continue to undermine our own rule of law, we are doing Putin's job for him", McCain said in a statement. She also said senators on both sides of the aisle voted to publish rebuttals from the CIA as well as from Republicans on the committee. The vice-chair of the Senate Intelligence Committee Mark Warner said it shows an "astonishing disregard for the truth" and that it is "dangerous" to national security.

In his State of the Union address on Tuesday, he made no mention of expansion, though he said the arsenal must deter acts of aggression.

The memo's release was hotly contested.

SCHIFF: Of course. And not only was there other evidence beside the Steele dossier, the way they characterize it as if the entire Steele dossier, including the salacious allegations of this video, were somehow submitted to the FISA court - that's not correct.

Republicans seized on the allegations in the memo to argue that the FBI's investigation was politically tainted from the start. A series of House Republican malfeasance claims against Democrats in recent years have fallen flat, one high-profile case after the other.

"In the world of actual law, there needs to be a good reason for the judge to think, once informed of the claim of bias, that the informant was just totally making it up", he wrote. "That's why I want to get the facts". For all the pregame hype, the memo looks less like the next Watergate and more like the next "unmasking"-gate, the 2017 pseudo-scandal that alleged - wrongly - that Obama administration officials had mishandled classified information". This tracks the whole method of Trump's defense, which is to begin the story in the middle. The blockbuster secret memo is a dud. And the immigration debate will resume as whilenearly 700,000 young immigrants could face risk of deportation as the clock ticks toward a deadline now about a month away.

In a statement earlier this week, Nunes said, "It's clear that top officials used unverified information in a court document to fuel a counter-intelligence investigation during an American political campaign". It is by no means certain that this Republican party would consider impeachment proceedings.

Had Nunes simply declared that he had evidence that the FBI asked for a warrant based on information from Steele, and that he had evidence Steele was no fan of Trump, he would have received little coverage. "The challenge will be conducting the proper amount of oversight, implementing the right reforms, bringing violators of the law to justice, and promoting a new era of transparency and openness in order to regain the public trust", Duncan said.


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