‘Deliberately misleading’: Senior Democrat on House Judiciary Committee issues four point rebuttal of Nunes memo
The top Democrat on the House Judiciary Committee has issued a rebuttal to the memo released by House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes calling the allegation that the Justice Department and FBI withheld key details, “deliberately misleading and deeply wrong on the law.”
According to NBC, they obtained the six page report from sources connected to Rep. Jerry Nadler (D-NY) who is sharing the memo with colleagues on Saturday.
NBC reports the rebuttal contains four main points:
- That Nunes’ memo fails to demonstrate that the government lacked enough evidence beyond a dossier from former British spy Christopher Steele to obtain a FISA warrant on Page.
- That Steele’s expertise on Russia and organized crime would have outweighed any concerns a FISA court would have had about the funding of Steele’s work by partisan actors — funding sources that Steele may not have even known about.
- That Nunes’ memo “provides no credible basis whatsoever” for removing Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, who oversees the investigation led by special counsel Robert Mueller.
- That Nunes’ memo shows that Republicans “are now part and parcel to an organized effort to obstruct” Mueller’s probe.
The whole report can be read here.