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Gowdy: Surveillance warrant would not have been authorized without dossier

11 Febrero 2018, 12:00 | Bibiana Flor

Rep. Devin Nunes the chairman of the House Intelligence Committee. Thomson Reuters

Committee Chair Rep. Devin Nunes leaves the House floor on Capitol Hill in Washington D.C

But he also was a "long-time FBI source" with a credible track record, according to the memo from the House Intelligence Committee chairman, Devin Nunes, Republican representative of California, and his staff.

House Speaker Paul Ryan has said he supports the release of the Democrats' memo, if sensitive intelligence information is removed.

The memo released Friday alleges misconduct on the part of the FBI and the Justice Department in obtaining a warrant under the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act to monitor former Trump campaign foreign policy adviser Carter Page and his ties to Russia. The Russian Investigation, headed by special Counsel Robert Mueller, is investigating whether or not President Trump or members of his campaign colluded with Russian operatives to rig the 2016 presidential election in his favor.

MARGARET BRENNAN: That's the Steele dossier that you are pointing to there.

Democrats have sought to release a "response memorandum", but House Republicans have blocked them in what Democrats on the House Intelligence Committee said in a statement Friday afternoon is a "transparent effort to suppress the full truth".

Despite President Trump's comments, he has not suggested he will remove FBI Director Christopher Wray or Attorney General Rod Rosenstein.

Durbin contested the suggestion that the FBI's application to a special court for authority to surveil Page failed to note that the request was based partly on a dossier funded by Democrats.

Trump has said the GOP memo "vindicates" him. After becoming convinced, Trump "was then left alone to read the memo in its entirety".

In a letter to Trump, Schumer says that the public is getting a one-sided account of the FBI's role in the investigation into the Trump campaign's possible Russia ties.

"Bob Mueller should be allowed to turn over every rock, pursue every lead, so that we can have trust in knowing what actually the Russians did or did not do", Hurd said on ABC News' "This Week".

A former senior national security official told CNN that the President's tweet on Saturday shows he acted for "personal purposes".

While many argued that the details in the memo are explosive and troubling, others insisted that the contents are relatively harmless and do not undermine the ongoing Russia investigation. It couldn't possibly live up to its advance billing from Sean Hannity and Co. that it was Watergate and the Lindbergh-baby kidnapping all wrapped into one.

The FBI argued against the memo's release, saying: "We have grave concerns about material omissions of fact that fundamentally impact the memo's accuracy".

"I have great confidence in the men and women of this Department", said Sessions, whom Trump has criticized for recusing himself form the Russia probe.

".The dossier has nothing to do with an email sent by Cambridge Analytica..."

"I stand by our shared determination to do our work independently and by the book".

Christopher Steele, the former spy who compiled the allegations, acknowledged having strong anti-Trump sentiments.

In any case, legally speaking, the information's provenance is less relevant than its reliability.

Top DOJ and FBI officials shared Steele's "passion", and that of his ultimate employer, Hillary Clinton, to stop Donald Trump at all costs.

During the presidential campaign, the F.B.I. spoke publicly about the investigation into Mrs. Clinton on three occasions, with polls showing a cumulative negative effect on her approval rating. That's how badly they want to get Trump.



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