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Top House Republicans are considering publicly releasing some of the underlying intelligence behind a memo spearheaded by Rep. Devin Nunes that alleges FBI abuses of surveillance laws.
Nunes, the chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, met with Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte and Oversight Committee Chairman Trey Gowdy while the House was in session during the shutdown this weekend to discuss the prospect of releasing some of the intelligence to support the findings of the classified memo, which was prepared by Nunes and Republican committee staff, multiple Republican lawmakers told CNN.
Rep. Mike Conaway, the Texas Republican leading the Intelligence Committee's Russia investigation, confirmed that the three chairmen were meeting about moving the process forward under House rules.
"It's like any document you put out, it should be referenced, footnoted — it should have the appropriate underlying reference to the material and to the degree that you can, show that material," said Rep. Jim Jordan, an Ohio Republican who has called for the firing of special counsel Robert Mueller and the resignation of Attorney General Jeff Sessions.
"I think the memo is accurate, but I think just because we know what the other side's argument is going to be, you need that," Jordan added
Democrats say the memo's findings are skewed and contain no more than partisan talking points, and they warn that releasing the memo will harm Congress' relationships with the Justice Department and intelligence community.
But Republicans appear to be charging ahead with their plan to publicly release the document and potentially some of the underlying intelligence so long as sources and methods are not disclosed.
Democrats have accused the Republicans on the Intelligence Committee of using a set of talking points to try to discredit the FBI and protect Trump.
"Their only priority is to protect the President and their political fortune, and they're willing to burn down the FBI and anything else if they need to do it," said California Rep. Adam Schiff, the top Democrat on the intelligence panel. "It would be a real betrayal of the intelligence community for partisan political reasons."
John RatcliffeVerified account @RepRatcliffe
The thousands of texts @TGowdySC and I reviewed today revealed manifest bias among top FBI officials against @realDonaldTrump. The texts between Strzok and Page referenced a "secret society."
The texts between Strzok and Page referenced a "secret society."
The Nunes memo focuses on the FBI's use of the dossier on Trump and Russia compiled by ex-British intelligence agent Christopher Steele and paid for through Hillary Clinton's presidential campaign and the Democratic National Committee.
originally posted by: Perfectenemy
a reply to: Grambler
Well that narrative went down the drain pretty quickly. Now let us wait what they have against it now? Democrats are scared beyond belief. It's like the whole party is dirty. I hope not. Would be kinda ironic if it turns out that nobody in the GoP is implicated in Floodgate™.
And right on cue, democrats like Schiff say this shouldnt be released because it is an effort to impede the Mueller investigation.