Democrats are expected to offer a rebuttal on Monday to the controversial Nunes memo which raises questions about the methods that were undertaken by the U.S. intelligence community in 2016 to gain a surveillance warrant on Carter Page, a member of President Trump’s foreign policy team during the campaign with previous Russian ties.
The Nunes memo was released late last week by Devin Nunes the top Republican House Chairman on the U.S. House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, a member of Trump’s transition team.
NBC News has recently obtained an exclusive 6 page rebuttal to the Nunes memo that was released on Saturday by Rep. Jerry Nadler of New York, the top Democrat on the House Judiciary Committee.
The rebuttal contains several counter claims underpinning the Nunes memo.
Here are some of the Democrat counter claims in the 6 page rebuttal:
1) The FISA court found probable cause to believe that Carter Page, a former Trump campaign official with Russian ties, is an agent of a foreign power. Nothing in the Nunes memo rules out the possibility that considerable evidence beyond the Steele dossier from former British spy Christopher Steele helped the court reach that conclusion.
The central allegation of the Nunes memo is that the government committed a fraud when it obtained an order to conduct surveillance of Carter Page, a member of President Trump’s foreign policy team during the campaign.
The memo claims that “the dossier compiled by Christopher Steele . . . formed an essential part of the Carter Page FISA application,” but that the government failed to disclose “the role of the DNC, Clinton campaign, or any party/campaign in funding Steele’s efforts.”
If not for this misrepresentation to the court, the story goes, there never would have been a Russian investigation.
The Democrat rebuttal makes it clear that this claim is “deliberately misleading and deeply wrong.”
“The Russian investigation was well underway before the government applied for a surveillance warrant of Carter Page” the rebuttal states.
2) Christopher Steele is a recognized expert on Russia and organized crime.
According to the rebuttal, the Nunes memo doesn’t provide a single shred of evidence that any aspect of the Steele dossier is false or inaccurate in any way. And nothing about the payment from the Democratic National Committee is unethical or improper.
3) The Nunes memo provides no credible basis whatsoever for removing Rod Rosenstein as Deputy Attorney General.
The Democrat rebuttal states that President Trump has refused to rule out using the Nunes memo as pretext for removing Rod Rosenstein who oversees Special Counsel Robert Mueller with the Russian investigation.
When President Trump was questioned about the issue on Friday, he responded, “You figure that one out.”
The Nunes memo focuses largely on the process that transpired before Deputy Attorney General Rosenstein took office and the memo provides no basis to justify his removal from his critical and trusted position.
4) The Nunes memo shows that House Republicans are now part and parcel to an organized effort to obstruct Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation.
The Democrat rebuttal states that House Republicans are now complicit in the effort to help the President avoid accountability for his actions and for the actions of his campaign.
FBI statement About Nunes Memo
The FBI released a statement on January 31st that explains it takes seriously its obligations to the FISA Court and its compliance with procedures overseen by career professionals in the Department of Justice and FBI.
Concerning the Nunes memo, the FBI statement also maintained they were provided a limited opportunity to review this memo the day before the committee voted to release it.
“We have grave concerns about material omissions of fact that fundamentally impact the memo’s accuracy” the FBI stated.
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