The House secret service committee released a memorandum written by Democrats on Saturday to denounce GOP allegations that the federal police had political reasons to strip a former election official from President Donald Trump.
In their replies, the Democrats demand that the GOP unfairly accuse the FBI and the Ministry of Justice of quoting author's information about a controversial dossier alleging that Trump had ties to Russian officials in their monitoring request, researches that financed by the Democratic National Committee and Hillary Clinton's presidential campaign.
"Our Comprehensive Review … failed to reveal evidence of illegal, unethical or unprofessional behavior by law enforcement agencies," said California MP Adam Schiff, who represented the Democrat of the Intelligence Committee.
Republican leaders have argued that the former campaigner Carter Page was targeted unfairly and said that the Supervision Court, which approved the arrest warrant, never shared this information from the dossier author, former British spy Christopher Steele, was funded by the Democrats.
According to the Democratic Memorandum, Page has been of interest to the FBI for years. He claims that the office interviewed him several times about his contacts with Russian intelligence agencies, including in March 2016 – the same month he was named Trump Campaign Advisor, and months before Steele was hired to do research on Trump and before he made contact
The court was informed that Steele had been approached by a "US person" charged with "conducting investigations into candidate No. 1's ties with Russia," according to part of the Democrat surveillance petitions "Memo Candidate # 1 is a reference to Trump.
" The FBI speculates that the US person was likely looking for information that could be used to discredit Campaign # 1, "the application said
The content of the memo is the product of negotiations between the Democratic members of the committee, as well as with the FBI and the Ministry of Justice.
After the ship, the Democrats submitted their proposed editors more than a week ago. At first they were told that the memo would be released on Friday, then on Monday, he said. They learned of his release on Saturday, just before the head of the Intelligence Committee, Deputy Devin Nunes, R-Calif, announced that the document had been put online for public review, Schiff said.
"I believe the White House has tried to bury it for as long as possible," he told The Washington Post in an interview. The Republican decision to publish the memo without warning on a Saturday is "not what you do, if you believe you are justified," he added. "It's what you do when you think the facts do not make you sound good."
The President has nevertheless achieved a victory on Twitter and the Democrat Memo as "Total Political and Legal BUST" designates things that have been done. SO INADMISSIBLE! On Saturday night, the president on Fox News declared the memo "a very bad document for her side" and attacked Schiff again personally, calling him "a bad boy." "He also tried to portray the Democrats as bad losers ,
"I do not want to sound like Braggadocios," Trump told hostess Jeanine Pirro. "I was a much better candidate, she was not a good candidate, she went to the wrong states."
In the beginning, Trump did not agree to publish the 10-page document without significant reductions on the grounds that the public would risk uncovering sources and methods of information gathering. Democrats accused the president of applying double standards because he had promised to publish the Republican memorandum before he read it, according to the White House and the timing of his public comments.
No new information was released in the Democrats "edited memo," said a high-ranking representative of the Democratic Committee. Schiff had promised to heed recommendations from the FBI and the Department of Justice regarding sensitive information.
But on Saturday, Nunes accused the Democrats of colliding with the government in a "cover-up".
"We really wanted to get this out," he told an audience at the Conservative Political Action Conference outside of Washington. "It's clear proof that the Democrats are not only covering it up, but are also colliding with parts of the government to cover it up."
Nune's allegations were directed not only against the Democrats who wrote the memo, but also
"This was money from the Hillary campaign and the Democratic Party [way into the hands of] made an agent paying Russian agents, "Nunes said." Is it fair to ask what President Obama knew? "
Surveillance applications and reports routinely obscure the identity of the request for Page monitoring and three extensions It was approved by four different judges, all appointed by Republican presidents, according to the Democratic Memorandum.
Page has confirmed that FBI interception is suspected. Russian spies are discussing their attempts to recruit him in 2013. He told congressional investigators that he was interviewed by the FBI and cooperated as they investigated the men who were eventually assigned to act as unregistered foreign agents. Page had continued extensive contacts with Russians, including trips to Moscow in July and December 2016.
The Democrats said on Saturday that the FBI had several other reasons to suspect the Trump campaign of questionable ties to Russia – including the evidence that foreign agents approached George Papadopoulos, another former campaign worker – before Steele turned to the FBI and submitted his dossier.
"DOJ has told the court the truth," reads the Democrat memo. "Christopher Steele's coverage … played no part in launching the FBI's counterintelligence investigation into Russian interference and ties to the Trump campaign."
The memo states that by the time Steele's information reached the Russian team of the FBI in mid-September 2016, the bureau already had "sub-queries" to other "people associated with the Trump campaign "opened. The identity of these persons is described in the memo.
Ship said he hopes his dismissal will mean that the intelligence committee can redirect attention to "the core investigation of Russian interference in the 2016 campaign." But there seems to be little chance that these revelations will repress the bitter political clashes.
In his comments at the CPAC, Nunes stressed that the panel had "no evidence of a collusion" between the Trump campaign and Russia's ship fighting. He also suggested that monitoring rules should be changed.
The Democrats "advocate that the FBI and the DOJ are in good condition to use political dirt paid by a campaign and use it against another political campaign," said Nunes.
The Republicans have introduced a law that would prevent material paid for by a political entity from being presented as evidence to secure surveillance orders. Democrats resist the effort.
The Washington Post David Weigel and John Wagner contributed to this report.