Democrat Schiff fires back at Trump: Memo does ‘quite the opposite’ of vindicating you

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February 3, 2018

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Calif.) hit back at President Trump for claiming that the released GOP memo alleging wrongdoing at the Department of Justice "totally vindicates" him in the probe into Russian election interference, saying the document does "quite the opposite."

February 3, 2018

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Calif.) hit back at President Trump for claiming that the released GOP memo alleging wrongdoing at the Department of Justice "totally vindicates" him in the probe into Russian election interference, saying the document does "quite the opposite."

"The most important fact disclosed in this otherwise shoddy memo was that FBI investigation began July 2016 with your advisor, Papadopoulos, who was secretly discussing stolen Clinton emails with the Russians," Schiff tweeted Saturday.

    Quite the opposite, Mr. President. The most important fact disclosed in this otherwise shoddy memo was that FBI investigation began July 2016 with your advisor, Papadopoulos, who was secretly discussing stolen Clinton emails with the Russians. https://t.co/2rGOE1jGg2

    – Adam Schiff (@RepAdamSchiff) February 3, 2018

The top Democrat on the House Intelligence Committee was responding to Trump's tweet earlier Saturday claiming that the now declassified memo "totally vindicates 'Trump' in probe.'"

    This memo totally vindicates "Trump" in probe. But the Russian Witch Hunt goes on and on. Their was no Collusion and there was no Obstruction (the word now used because, after one year of looking endlessly and finding NOTHING, collusion is dead). This is an American disgrace!

    – Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 3, 2018

The memo, which was compiled by staffers for House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes (R-Calif.) was released on Friday after Trump declassified the document.

The memo alleges that senior Justice Department officials improperly used information from the so-called Steele dossier to obtain surveillance warrants on former Trump adviser Carter Page.

However, the document also shows that the investigation into Russian election interference began after the FBI obtained information about former Trump campaign adviser George Papdopoulos, and not from the warrants on Page.

Democrats on the House Intelligence are now pushing to release their own memo countering Nunes' document, and Republicans have signaled that they would be willing to sign off on the release.


Courtesy/Source: The Hill

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