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35% vs 7.5%
The House Intelligence Committee unanimously voted Monday evening to release a Democratic-authored memo in response to the controversial GOP memo released by the committee last week.
President Trump will have five days to review the memo and decide whether to approve its declassification or reject its release over national security concerns, Rep. Adam Schiff of California, the top Democrat on the House Intelligence Committee, told reporters after the vote.
Schiff said the Department of Justice and FBI will be consulted and have an opportunity to vet the memo and it will be sent to the White House on Monday night.
"The vote was unanimous to release this," he said. "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."
Democrats say the document is a point-by-point rebuttal of the memo declassified by President Donald Trump last week that alleged abuses of government surveillance powers at the FBI and Justice Department in their efforts to obtain court approval to gather intelligence on former Trump campaign adviser Carter Page.
The memo alleged that the dossier, authored by ex-British intelligence officer Christopher Steele, formed an "essential part" of the Page Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court (FISA) application, and that DOJ officials did not disclose to the court that the Steele was employed by Fusion GPS, an opposition research firm that received funding for the effort, in part, from the Democratic National Committee and Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign. .
Democrats, including Schiff, have disputed that claim. The FISA court was made aware by DOJ officials of the political motivations behind the information from the Steele dossier, although the specific Democratic sources of funding were not named, sources familiar with the now-classified Democratic memo told ABC News.
On Monday morning, Trump took aim at Schiff, accusing him of being “one of the biggest liars and leakers in Washington.”
“Little Adam Schiff, who is desperate to run for higher office, is one of the biggest liars and leakers in Washington, right up there with Comey, Warner, Brennan and Clapper! Adam leaves closed committee hearings to illegally leak confidential information,” he tweeted of former FBI Director James Comey, Sen. Mark Warner, D-Va., former CIA Director John Brennan and former Director of National Intelligence James Clapper. “Must be stopped!”
Schiff tweeted in kind today, advising Trump to turn "off the TV" help "solve the funding crisis."
Schiff also thinks “it’s very possible” the staff of the GOP committee chairman Devin Nunes “worked with the White House and coordinated the whole effort” to declassify and release the memo alleging abuses of government surveillance powers at the FBI and the Justice Department, he said Sunday on ABC News’ “This Week.”
Trump praised Nunes today for last week’s release of the House Republican memo.
“Representative Devin Nunes, a man of tremendous courage and grit, may someday be recognized as a Great American Hero for what he has exposed and what he has had to endure!” the president tweeted today.
Nunes, on “Fox & Friends” this morning, accused Democrats of “almost 100 leaks” coming from the House Intelligence Committee.
The partisan fight is likely to continue as Nunes has vowed more reports on alleged politically motivated bias inside the Trump administration.
“We have several other areas that we're looking at but I don't want the American people to think we will have a memo that will go through this process,” Nunes said on Fox News. “When we get enough facts, we'll figure out a way to let the American people know.”
Trump says the GOP memo alleging bias inside the FBI clears him in the Russia investigation, tweeting this weekend: “This memo totally vindicates ‘Trump’ in probe. But the Russian Witch Hunt goes on and on.”
Some Republicans are distancing themselves from the president’s claim. Rep. Trey Gowdy, who helped draft them memo, said it does not affect special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation.
“I actually don’t think it has any impact of the Russia probe,” Gowdy said on CBS’s “Face the Nation.”
President Trump, if You’re Innocent, Why Act So Guilty?
Nicholas Kristof FEB. 7, 2018
Donald Trump, then a co-owner of the Miss Universe contest, at an after-party for the 2013 pageant in Moscow. Credit Stoyan Vassev/Reuters
President Trump and Devin Nunes have been muddying the waters of the Russia investigation, so let’s try to clarify those waters so that they’re as clear as vodka.
Here are a dozen things we know.
1. Russia interfered in the U.S. election. The U.S. intelligence community concluded that President Vladimir Putin had “a clear preference” for Trump and “ordered an influence campaign” to hurt Hillary Clinton. The Department of Homeland Security notified 21 states that Russian hackers (mostly unsuccessfully) had targeted their election systems before the 2016 election.
Russia oversaw an online campaign using fake American accounts to spread anti-Clinton messages. Twitter found that 50,000 Russian accounts fired off 2.1 million election-related tweets in the fall of 2016, and in the final weeks around the election accounted for 4.25 percent of retweets of Trump’s own account.
2. Trump has longstanding business interests in Russia. The Times has explored these, beginning with a trip to Moscow in 1987 to try to build a hotel there. As recently as 2013 on another Moscow visit he was still optimistic, tweeting “TRUMP TOWER-MOSCOW is next,” but the buildings have never come to fruition.
More successfully, Trump has attracted murky investments from Russia, raising speculation that Russia might have gained some leverage over him. A Russian oligarch paid Trump an eyebrow-raising $95 million for one Florida property. A Reuters investigation found that people with Russian addresses or passports had invested nearly $100 million in seven Trump properties in southern Florida.
“I know the Russians better than anybody,” Trump boasted in 2014.
3. Trump has consistently displayed a soft spot for Putin. At various times, Trump has described Putin as “so nice,” “so smart” and doing “an amazing job.” Trump defended Putin from allegations that he interfered in elections and killed journalists. “You think our country is so innocent?” he scoffed. Trump told another interviewer, “I think our country does plenty of killing also.”
4. Trump picked people with ties to Russia. He named as a foreign policy adviser Carter Page, who was investigated by the F.B.I. as far back as 2013 for possible ties to Russian intelligence (Page denies any wrongdoing). To run his campaign, Trump selected Paul Manafort, who had long experience working for Russian interests and once wrote a memo offering a plan to “greatly benefit the Putin Government.” Trump’s aides also tweaked the Republican Party platform in a way that would please Moscow.
5. Russia confided in the Trump campaign. In April 2016, the Russians told George Papadopoulos, another Trump foreign policy adviser, that they had “dirt” on Clinton in the form of “thousands of emails.” It’s not clear what Papadopoulos did with that information.
6. Trump aides secretly met with Russians. In June 2016, Russia offered the Trump campaign “official documents and information that would incriminate Hillary.” Instead of calling the F.B.I., Donald Trump Jr. responded, “I love it,” and arranged a meeting with the Russians and top campaign officials.
7. A Trump ally secretly communicated with a Russian mouthpiece. In August 2016, Trump ally Roger Stone communicated with Guccifer 2.0, believed to be an outlet for Russian military intelligence. Separately, Stone tweeted that “it will soon [be] Podesta’s time in a barrel”; seven weeks later, WikiLeaks began releasing emails Russia had hacked from John Podesta, Clinton’s campaign chairman.
8. … more secret contacts. WikiLeaks, presumably representing Russian interests, engaged in secret correspondence with Donald Trump Jr.
9. Kushner met a Putin ally. Jared Kushner met in December 2016 with a Russian, Sergey Gorkov, who is close to Putin. Kushner also privately asked the Russians about using Russian equipment to establish a secret communications channel to the Kremlin.
10. Trump aides falsely denied contacts. Campaign officials denied innumerable times that there had been any contact with Russia. “Of course not,” said Mike Pence shortly before the inauguration. “Why would there be any contacts?”
Good question. In fact, there were at least 51 such contacts, including 19 face-to-face interactions, by the count of CNN.
11. Russia is still at it. Russian bots are joining Trump supporters in tweeting hashtags like #MAGA and #FullOfSchiff. These same Russian bots are promoting Fox News links that disparage the Russia investigation.
12. This is not normal!
Actually, I doubt that there was anything so straightforward as a secret quid pro quo. Indeed, some of these links are so blatant that they seem confusingly exculpatory: Why would anybody conspiring with Putin raise suspicions by publicly praising him?
Yet the Russian interference itself is beyond doubt. The Mueller investigation has led to two guilty pleas and two indictments so far, and it must continue. Frankly, it’s suspicious that Trump is throwing up so much dust and trying so hard to delegitimize the investigation.
He is not acting innocent.☐