On Sunday, Adam Schiff (D-CA-28th), told ABC that Nunes’s staff might have collaborated with the White House on the controversial 3.5 page memo that was released last week alleging that the FISA warrant obtained for the surveillance of Carter Page was an abuse of power, and also alleges that the so-called Steele dossier (or Trump-Russia dossier) was not properly cited in the application. Schiff told ABC’s This Week:
“I think it’s very possible his staff worked with the White House and coordinated the whole effort with the White House because it looks so much like this earlier effort, which we know was coordinated with the White House by the same chairman, who has said he would recuse himself but of course hasn’t.”
House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes , has denied collaborating with the White House on the document, according to a transcript of a meeting in which the committee voted along party lines to make the report public. Per the very same transcript, however, Nunes would not respond to a question posed by Democratic colleague Rep. Mike Quigley, (D-IL)., who asked whether any of his staff consulted with the West Wing during on the contents of the memo.
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Congressman Schiff is the ranking Democrat on the House Intelligence Committee, and has drafted an 11 page rebuttal to the Nunes memo. In the aftermath of a March 2017 White House visit in which Nunes informed the administration that multiple members of Trump’s team had been caught in during legal surveillance of foreign agents, he “recused” himself from leading the House’s investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election but continued to be actively involved in the probe.
At this point, I think we’re all ready to read the rebuttal, which cleared the House on Monday. Democrats have proactively informed Donald Trump that they expect that their memo will be released, and without any tinkering from the White House.