18.02.26 Dem Russia Memo

February 26, 2018

Spying On Americans?

  • Catch-Up: In early Feb, republicans on the House Intelligence Committee released a memo detailing what they say are abuses by the FBI to surveil or “spy” on Americans related to the Trump campaign.
  • Saturday: Democrats on cmte release memo rejecting this claim.

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Democrat Memo

  • 10-page redacted & unclassified.
  • Written in January, but Republican majority on House Intel Committee blocked its release.
  • Memo released on Saturday while the Committee’s Chair (a Republican) spoke at a gathering of conservatives.
  • In-Focus: Carter Page, an American who worked for Trump campaign at one time.

Democrats Claim:

  • In late July 2016, the FBI started its investigation into Carter Page, but didn’t receive the infamous “dossier” (a research document created by an anti-Trump firm hired by democrats) until more than 6 weeks later.
  • This goes against GOP allegations FBI officials relied on slanted political material (dossier) to justify surveillance of Page.
“DOJ and the FBI would have been remiss in their duty to protect the country had they not sought…to conduct temporary surveillance of Carter Page, someone the FBI assessed to be an agent of the Russian government.”

Democrat Minority Memo: House Intel Committee: "Correcting The Record – The Russia Investigation" Written Jan 29, 2018 & Released Feb 24, 2018
“The Democratic response memo released today should put to rest any concerns that the American people might have as to the conduct of the FBI…”

House Intel Committee Ranking Member Adam Schiff (D-CA), Feb 24, 2018
“The Democrat memo response on government surveillance abuses is a total political and legal BUST. Just confirms all of the terrible things that were done. SO ILLEGAL!”

President Trump via Twitter, Feb 24, 2018

Why This Matters:

  • U.S. government cannot spy on citizens without a warrant.
  • Republicans say Dept of Justice (DOJ) used biased political material to justify the warrant.
  • Democrats say DOJ only used political material AFTER other reasons justified the warrant.
  • Either way, political material mentioned in a case to spy on an American. Slippery Slope.A

by Jenna Lee,