Democrats Release Memo Rebutting Claims that FBI Inappropriately Snooped on Former Trump Aide

Sergei Karpukhin / Reuters/REUTERS/NewscomHouse Democrats this afternoon publicly released its own memo about the secret surveillance of former Donald Trump campaign aide Carter Page, arguing that the FBI’s behavior in its investigation of Page’s ties to Russia was appropriate and not tainted by a controversial dossier with origins in Democratic politics.

This memo by Democratic members of the House’s intelligence Committee was drafted in January in response to a memo put together and released by House Republicans led by Committee Chairman Devin Nunes (R-Calif.). In Nunes’ memo, Republicans claimed that the FBI had misled the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court (FISC) both about the political roots of the controversial “dossier” by Christopher Steele and their reliance on the dossier’s claims in order to justify snooping on Page.

The Democrats have responded that, no, the FBI did not abuse this process; they had already begun investigating Page’s ties to Russia; and they

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