In the immediate wake of the release of the Nunes memo, Congressman Adam Schiff (CA-28th) promised that the Democrats would compose their own rebuttal to the 3.5 page “memo” which has already been declared extremely partisan and factually incorrect.
On Tuesday, Schiff predicted that the White House probably would not outright block the release of the Democratic rebuttal, but he did warned the administration against trying to obfuscate the document by redacting portions that could embarrass or otherwise reflect negatively on President Trump.
He has good reason for concern. After all, Democrats on the intelligence committee immediately condemned the Nunes memo, saying that what Nunes sent to the White House — the same version that was released — wasn’t even the version submitted to the committee for voting.
The rebuttal, drafted by Schiff himself as he is the ranking Democrat on the House Intelligence Committee, is said to be roughly 11 pages. It rebuts the allegation contained within the Nunes memo that the FBI abused power by seeking a surveillance warrant against, Carter Page, former Trump campaign adviser… based on a dossier of unverified intelligence. Also, and for reasons no Republican has yet cared to justify, the Nunes memo conveniently omits the fact that the dossier in question actually was when applying for the FISA warrant against Carter Page.
That’s very important information as the Republicans have engaged in a bit of pretzel logic in which they say the FBI only wanted the FISA warrant because of the Steele dossier, while also saying that the FBI did not disclose the dossier on the application for the FISA warrant. It doesn’t make any sense but it’s been a long time since Republicans tried in good faith to appeal to people who require that things make sense.
Have you seen the new GOP hashtag? It’s quite a doozy:
— Adam Schiff (@RepAdamSchiff) February 7, 2018
There is a positive correlation between the extent to which Adam Schiff has become a thorn in Donald Trump’s side and a personal hero of mine.