House Intel Committee Votes To Release Democratic Response To Nunes' Memo

The House Intelligence Committee voted unanimously on Monday to approve the release of the Democratic minority rebuttal to the GOP authored memo alleging surveillance abuses by the FBI and DOJ during the 2016 campaign.

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Adam Schiff (D-CA) and Devin Nunes (R-CA)

"Republicans have endeavored to put the FBI on trial, put the Department of Justice on trial, impeach and impugn the hard work of these dedicated public servants at the FBI and the Department of Justice," California Rep. Adam Schiff, the top Democrat on the panel, told reporters after Monday's committee vote. "We think this very ill-serves the public and we hope that they will stop."

The vote follows the Friday release of the "FISA memo" created by staffers from the office of House Intel Committee Chairman Devin Nunes (R-CA), which claims that the FBI and DOJ used the infamous "Trump-Russia" dossier in order to spy on one-time Trump campaign advisor Carter Page. 

The White House responded to the release by saying that the memo "raises serious concerns about the integrity of decisions made at the highest levels of the Department of Justice and the FBI to use the government’s most intrusive surveillance tools against American citizens.”

President Trump has five days to consider whether or not to block the release of the Democrat authored response over reasons of national security. White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders suggested on Friday that President Trump would not oppose its release.

“The administration stands ready to work with Congress to accommodate oversight requests consistent with applicable standards, including the need to protect intelligence sources and methods,” said Sanders of the Democrat response. 

President Trump tweeted over the weekend that the GOP authored memo "totally vindicates" him in the Russia probe.

House Intel Committee Minority leader Adam Schiff (D-CA) disagreed:

The 10-page Democrat response is said to correct "mischaracterizations" contained within the Republican memo, adding "crucial context" to actions by the FBI and DOJ regarding the application for a FISA court order to wiretap Mr. Page in October, 2016.

Talking points circulated last week by top House Judiciary Committee Democrat Jerry Nadler (D-NY) call the GOP-authored memo "deeply misleading," according to Bloomberg, and claims that Republicans are now "part and parcel to an organized effort to obstruct" Special Counsel Robert Mueller's investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election. 

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Maxine Waters (D-CA), Jerry Nadler (D-NY)

Until now, we could only really accuse House Republicans of ignoring the President’s open attempts to block the Russia investigation,” Democratic members of the House Judiciary Committee said in the four-page letter released on Saturday. The document provided a point-by-point rebuttal to the Republican memo alleging bias in Mueller’s probe of possible links between Russia and Trump’s campaign, according to Bloomberg's summary.

“With the release of the Nunes memo -- a backhanded attempt to cast doubt on the origins of the Special Counsel’s investigation -- we can only conclude that House Republicans are complicit in the effort to help the President avoid accountability for his actions and for the actions of his campaign,” reads the talking points.

The "Nunes memo," as Democrats call it, claims that the FBI obtained a FISA warrant against one-time low-level Trump advisor, Carter Page.

Carter Page was, more likely than not, an agent of a foreign power. The Department of Justice thought so. A federal judge agreed. The consensus, supported by the facts, forms the basis of the warrant issued,” Nadler writes in the rebuttal. 

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As we wrote last week: 

According to the New York Times, the FBI investigation into Russian collusion began after drunken Trump campaign volunteer, George Papadopoulos, reportedly told Australian diplomat Alexander Downer at a London bar in May, 2016 that “Russia had political dirt on Hillary Clinton.” When DNC emails began to leak, Australia apparently contacted US intelligence to report the drunken admission by Papadopoulos – igniting the Russia probe.

WASHINGTON — During a night of heavy drinking at an upscale London bar in May 2016, George Papadopoulos, a young foreign policy adviser to the Trump campaign, made a startling revelation to Australia’s top diplomat in Britain: Russia had political dirt on Hillary Clinton.

About three weeks earlier, Mr. Papadopoulos had been told that Moscow had thousands of emails that would embarrass Mrs. Clinton, apparently stolen in an effort to try to damage her campaign.

Exactly how much Mr. Papadopoulos said that night at the Kensington Wine Rooms with the Australian, Alexander Downer, is unclear. But two months later, when leaked Democratic emails began appearing online, Australian officials passed the information about Mr. Papadopoulos to their American counterparts, according to four current and former American and foreign officials with direct knowledge of the Australians’ role. -NYT

This is in stark contrast to GOP leaders who say that the salacious and unverified 34-page opposition research dossier triggered the probe. 

For the New York Times – much like CNN’s botched "Bombshell" report from a few weeks ago that Donald Trump Jr. was told about the WikiLeaks emails before their release, only to issue a major correction because Trump Jr. was told after they were made public (by a random person), this “startling revelation” by the NYT that Papadopoulos spilled the beans about Russia having dirt on Clinton was already public information.

The Washington Examiner's Byron York tore into the NYT report:

With both the House and Senate now setting their sights on the State Department's alleged involvement with distributing anti-Trump intelligence, and new memos on tap according to House Intel Committee Chair Devin Nunes (R-CA), it will be interesting to see how deep into "memogate" we will get before something resembling a second special counsel is appointed.

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MagicHandPuppet TeamDepends Mon, 02/05/2018 - 19:06 Permalink

I predict these treacherous DemRats are going to make the case that Steele (ex-MI6 pedophile) is a standup guy.  They will go on and on about how much the "fbi" depends on his regular rubbish.  It will be hilarious.

I'm getting more and more convinced that this Marxist/Hillbot coup attempt is going to turn into a civil war.

The only way to contain it will be to charge and try these people for TREASON while we still have a chance.

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Billy the Poet MagicHandPuppet Mon, 02/05/2018 - 19:10 Permalink

If in calling out several high level FBI employees Nunes has impugned the entire FBI then by calling out his Republican colleagues Schiff has impugned the entire Congress of which he himself is a member.

 

And is the Democrat memo in question the same one that was leaked yesterday?

 

Jerry Nadler’s Leaked Rebuttal of the Nunes Memo Is Very Weak

http://www.nationalreview.com/article/456093/jerrold-nadler-memo-rebutt…

 

Nadler Memo

http://msnbcmedia.msn.com/i/TODAY/z_Creative/inline-headers/FINAL%20DRA…

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nmewn detached.amusement Mon, 02/05/2018 - 19:47 Permalink

"Republicans have endeavored to put the FBI on trial, put the Department of Justice on trial, impeach and impugn the hard work of these dedicated public servants at the FBI and the Department of Justice," California Rep. Adam Schiff, the top Democrat on the panel, told reporters after Monday's committee vote."

The "hard work of public servants" like Strzok, Page McCabe, Priestap, Carlin, Brennan, Clapper, Comey and Lowrenta Lynch? 

Yes, absolutely. 

Can someone please ask Rep Adam Schitz what an affiant means to a federal judge?

Is someone at the DoJ or FBI actually sittin around thinking signing fraudulent FISC applications have no consequence? 

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GUS100CORRINA nmewn Mon, 02/05/2018 - 20:57 Permalink

House Intel Committee Votes To Release Democratic Response To Nunes' Memo
 

LIES, LIES and more LIES coming from the chief LIAR, Adam "Slimy, Shifty" Schiff.

You can read about Adam "Slimy, Shifty" Schiff in Q-ANON notes below. Other notes about Adam "Slimy, Shifty" Schiff found at URL https://qcodefag.github.io/ .

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The victims were: Joseph Anthony Tena, 60, of Newport Beach; Kimberly Lynne Watzman, 45, of Santa Monica; and Brian R. Reichelt, 56, of Hollywood, Florida.

Watzman and Reichelt were both employed with The Standard chain of boutique hotels, which has locations in West Hollywood and downtown Los Angeles, a company spokesperson confirmed.

QAnon says this was relevant in this drop: Helicopter. CRASH. Newport Beach. Hotel GM. What happened @ those hotels? Q

An anon figured out who died, then Q posted What happened @ hotel? [AS] What is [AS] attempting right now? Favor repaid. Q

Then an anon replied "some incident with Adam "Slimy, Shifty" Schiff happened at a hotel and was covered up. He is repaying the favor by trying to cover this up. Anons, we are looking for a death cover-up of Adam "Slimy, Shifty" Schiff doing"

To which Q replied How ‘they’ control those they need. One recent example. Relevant today. Learn. Q

Then another anon replied to this, "Pedo ring human trafficking at hotel, Adam "Slimy, Shifty" Schiff's district, he knew, he’s trying to cut a deal cause he knows he’s grass."

To which Q finally replied The intel just dropped is bigger than you can imagine. Q

Oh my goodness. Oh my goodness. Oh my goodness. Oh my goodness.

Looks like sitting top congressman Adam "Slimy, Shifty" Schiff involved in a pedo ring. Wow. Just wow.

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Chupacabra-322 mobius8curve Mon, 02/05/2018 - 19:57 Permalink

They know who the FISA judge was, some fellow named Contreras who was appointed by Obama.  Judge Contreras who later recused himself from sentencing Genl Flynn, was appointed by Obama to FISA court just in time for the FISA fraudster game in May 2016.

 

I also read how they caught Schiff. Apparently they were bringing members into briefing rooms individually to give them info on some of the secret depositions and while doing so, were giving each member slightly different facts. Then they sat back and watched which facts showed up in the media. Schiff was the one who was leaking because the dates in the media matched up with the dates he was shown in the brief.

 

The reference by Trump was a someone testifying before the IC committee behind closed doors and supposedly secret, I think it may have been Trumps son in law, anyway they noticed that Schiff kept leaving the room during testimony and shortly thereafter, while the committee was still in session, CNN started reporting facts disclosed during the witness interview. That's when they set up the sting.

 

He's going down for violating the espionage act or a similar law. I doubt it'll get to that though, the DEMs are going scorched earth and don't give a shit who knows about what laws they broke. They have enough libtards brainwashed against Trump that they feel they can still get across the finish line and blow up Trump before they get prosecuted.

 

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Dickweed Wang Chupacabra-322 Mon, 02/05/2018 - 20:13 Permalink

I'm at the point where I'm thinking 'How about telling us something we haven't already known for months now?'. For all the BS about how the "Nunes memo" was supposed to be so Earth shattering it sure seems like more of the same old shit. Let's start seeing some people being charged with crimes already!!  How about we start with that POS Clapper for lying his ass off in front of CONgress regarding NSA spying on American citizens??

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CatInTheHat Billy the Poet Mon, 02/05/2018 - 19:55 Permalink

Bwa-HAHAHAHAHA!!!

Was this written by an adolescent???? It reads exactly like that. This does ZERO to wipe out the FACTS of the FISA WARRANT which is out there for anyone to read!   Carter page a foreign agent of Russia. If I were Carter Page I would SUE the shit out of the government. Like the Bundys did

These murderous, Psychopathic, treasonous, SEDITIOUS POS agencies need to go

 

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NoPension CatInTheHat Mon, 02/05/2018 - 20:24 Permalink

Carter Page !!!

https://theconservativetreehouse.com/2018/02/05/in-march-2016-carter-pa…

Was an undercover agent on the payroll of the FBI! THIS must be the peice of confidential info the left is trying to withhold. 

 While Page is on the FBI payroll, originally to sting a Russian energy guy, the FBI used his alleged Russian ties ( which they, the FBI, helped foster!) to get a Fisa warrant to spy on Team Trump. 

Sneaky indeed! 

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. . . _ _ _ . . . Bad_Sushi Mon, 02/05/2018 - 21:06 Permalink

It isn't. See my post below.

*edit
I should not have been so categorical.
It was lazy on my part.
I should have said something more along the lines of, "It is not conclusive, at this point."
The article was vague, speculative, and poorly sourced.
The author, the site, and the manner in which the information was presented seemed sketchy.
It still does.
Now that new information has come to light, it is quite possible that Carter Page was working with the FBI.
That has still not been confirmed, but there is a lot more corroborating evidence. After having done an interview on Fox, he did not say he had worked for the FBI.
There is a lot of disinformation surrounding this case, which is why all claims must be solid.
Those claims were not solid, at the time.
If I made a mistake, it was in being too cautious.

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bh2 MagicHandPuppet Mon, 02/05/2018 - 20:03 Permalink

Steele is the guy who both the US and UK governments should be putting under a microscope. Some "private person" has reportedly paid him to produce more than 100 "memos" which have circulated around the State Department and DoJ et al as "intelligence". Did anyone bother to corroborate any of those?

UK courts should be inquiring into Steele's bank records to discover who, exactly, has been clandestinely paying him big bucks for intelligence product which may be no more than creative fiction.

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Boeing Boy knukles Mon, 02/05/2018 - 19:04 Permalink

Will it say anything about Obama appointee Brennan?

However, according to Mr. Guandolo — a former SWAT team leader at the FBI, counterterrorism and Muslim Brotherhood specialist and Marine platoon commander — what should be an issue was the Saudis’ targeted recruitment of Mr. Brennan to the ideology of Islam while he was serving as the CIA station chief in Riyadh. This was not just a conversion but a political act by a foreign intelligence service.

If verified, this would indicate Mr. Brennan’s susceptibility, whether witting or unwitting, to manipulation by a foreign intelligence entity. It’s interesting that no counterintelligence alarm was triggered at the time that this alleged conversion was occurring. Most likely, that’s because at that time the sophisticated Islamic objectives driving the global jihad movement by the Muslim Brotherhood were not understood by those who witnessed his “conversion.”

As Clare Lopez, from the Center for Security Policy, has pointed out, our counterintelligence defense system is broken. The Muslim Brotherhood’s core threat doctrine — the ideology of Islamic jihad and Shariah law — is seen as benign. Mr. Brennan’s activities as the president’s top counterterrorism adviser have been at the forefront in the Muslim Brotherhood effort in the United States. The Brotherhood has succeeded in convincing the U.S. government to remove from official documents and training curricula all references to Islamic doctrine, Shariah law and scriptures that relate them to terrorism. Further, scheduled lectures on the true threat from Islam have been canceled, and instructors have been barred from future presentations.

Mr. Brennan’s track record of empowering the Muslim Brotherhood both domestically and abroad allowed the jihadist enemy access to the highest level of government under the stealth guise of “nonviolent outreach partners.” For example, terrorists like Nihad Awad, executive director of the Council on American-Islamic Relations who has been linked to 

 

 

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pippi68 shovelhead Mon, 02/05/2018 - 20:59 Permalink

Notable difference. Democrats ran about like headless chickens before Nunes memo was released.... and did everything in their power to prevent the public from seeing it. Republicans shrug and say, sure go ahead and release your rebuttal. Here you go. Why not? I do not detect any fear at all in the Republicans over the "counter-arguments". The proof must bear out the FBI and DOJ malfeasance.

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