Hours off of receiving a second Twitter attack from President Donald Trump, California Democratic Rep. Adam Schiff said White House chief of staff John Kelly should put the President in "time out". "Adam leaves closed committee hearings to illegally leak confidential information", he tweeted of former FBI Director James Comey, Sen.
A top Democrat has warned that the Republicans may be setting the stage for a "constitutional crisis" if they use the Nunes memo to end the special counsel's probe into alleged Russian meddling in the 2016 United States presidential election, the media reported.
"If that memo is voted out and it comes to the White House we will consider it along the same terms that we considered the Nunes memo, which is to allow for a legal review, national security review, led by the White House counsel's office and then within five days the president will make a decision about declassifying it", said Shah, the White House spokesman.
Schumer argued "that the American people be allowed to see both sides of the argument and make their own judgements". "I think Chairman Nunes takes his marching orders from Donald Trump". But over the weekend at least three Republicans on the committee signaled their intentions to send the memo to Trump's desk.
Gowdy was joined by a few other Republicans in expressing support for an unimpeded Mueller probe. The Senate's Democratic leader, Chuck Schumer of NY, urged Trump to back the public release and said refusing to do so would show the president's intent to undermine the Russian Federation investigation.
The Republican memo, which the media named the "Nunes memo" after House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence Chairman Devin Nunes, R-Calif., who approved the release of the document, suggested the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Department of Justice inappropriately obtained a secret surveillance warrant to watch former Trump Campaign Adviser Carter Page. It discusses how the FISA warrants to target Page were based largely on information from a list of unproven allegations about Trump that were compiled by a former British intelligence agent paid by Democrats.
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It also confirms that the investigation actually began several months earlier and was "triggered" by information involving a different campaign aide.
Democrats said the Republican memo was meant to undermine Special Counsel Robert Mueller's criminal probe into possible collusion between Moscow and the Trump campaign, and that Trump might try to use it to justify firing Mueller or Rod Rosenstein, the No. 2 official at Justice, who signed off on at least one warrant application for Page.
But Republican committee members said on Monday they were comfortable with releasing the Democratic document now that it had been reviewed by House members. "I think the Republican members understood that after calling for full transparency, they were getting hammered over the course of the week for trying to hide the minority response", the ranking Democrat on the committee, Rep. Adam Schiff, D-Calif., told reporters after the committee vote.
Trump's critics believe the objective of the memo, and coordination between Nunes and the White House, is partly created to discredit Rosenstein, who is overseeing the Russian Federation investigation.
LUCAS: Well, it will follow the same process as the Republican memo.
Overall, the Nunes memo shows only that Republican efforts to protect Trump from Mueller's probe has a critical turn, Nadler said.
The underlying materials that served as the basis for the warrant application were not made public in the GOP memo.