Devin Nunes admits his memo cherry-picked information to prove anti-Trump bias at the FBI
Republican leaders have admitted that the FBI included the partisan nature of the Trump-Russia dossier when introducing it as evidence in a surveillance warrant — an admission countering the crux of one of the arguments at the heart of the House GOP’s controversial “Justice Department abuses” memo.
Politico reported Monday that House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes (R-CA), the White House ally behind the memo, told “Fox & Friends” over the weekend that contrary to what his memo alleges, the “FBI application did refer to a political entity connected to the dossier.”
In attempts to prove anti-Trump bias pushed FBI officials to introduce the dossier in their warrant requests to surveil former Trump campaign aide Carter Page, the memo’s writers insisted the FBI left the political goals of Fusion GPS, the firm that wrote the dossier, out of the warrant application.
“Neither the initial application in October 2016, nor any of the renewals, disclose or reference the role of the DNC, Clinton campaign, or any party/campaign in funding Steele’s efforts, even though the political origins of the Steele dossier were then known to senior and FBI officials,” the memo read.