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Even Fox News Admits The Phony GOP Memo Doesn't 'Totally Vindicate' Trump

07 February 2018

The House Intelligence Committee voted unanimously on Monday to make public a classified Democratic memorandum rebutting Republican claims that the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Justice Department had abused their powers to wiretap a former Trump campaign official, setting up a possible clash with President Trump.

Meanwhile, Schiff denied one of the central facets of the GOP memo, which claimed that outgoing FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe testified to the Intelligence Committee that a dossier funded in part by the Democratic National Committee and Hillary Clinton's campaign was crucial to a spy warrant approved against former Trump campaign foreign policy adviser Carter Page.

Schiff says he thinks this will go a long way towards help correcting what he called distortions and inaccuracies in the Republican memo.

The memo confirms the FBI's counterintelligence investigation into the Trump campaign began in July 2016, months before the surveillance warrant was sought, and was "triggered" by information concerning campaign aide George Papadopoulos.

The vote gives Trump five days to review the Democratic memo and determine whether he will try to block its release.

The vote will send the 10-page Democratic memo to the White House as soon as Monday night, giving Trump until Friday to decide whether to allow its release.

Instead of tweeting false smears, the American people would appreciate it if you turned off the TV and helped solve the funding crisis, protected Dreamers or ... anything else. They're exceptional because the president is picking a partisan side in the work of a committee that is investigating Russian interference in the 2016 election and any coordination Trump's campaign had with Russia. But this would now have to happen either after the Schiff rebuttal served to reinforce the investigation's legitimacy, or after Trump suppressed the Schiff rebuttal even though it could further undermine his own rationale for taking such a dramatic step.

The poll findings appear to reflect the influence that Trump wields among Republicans, who have long reserved some of their highest levels of trust for the country's law enforcement agencies.

On Monday he added in tweets that Nunes is a hero, while Schiff is a "liar" and a "leaker."

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So where could Butler land next season? He spoke following the game, expressing his frustration with not being in the lineup. If he was called upon, he was ready to play in those packages if that situation arose. "That's how the game goes sometimes".

LUCAS: Well, the Democratic memo is basically their detailed response to the Republican one that you mentioned was released last week. Both the FBI and the Department of Justice warned against releasing the memo before both agencies vetted it to make sure it didn't contain information that could damage their investigation.

Although the document makes a very narrow case about the specific practices involving Page, Trump and his supporters say it suggests a "systemic" pattern of abuse.

At the White House, officials weren't saying much about what Mr. Trump might do. Remember; this comes directly after - two days, three days after the GOP memo was released.

"What we have witnessed during the first year of the Trump Administration is a determined effort to demolish the separation between politics and the fair administration of justice - an attempt to turn the DOJ's investigative powers into the personal political tool of the President".

Democrats have said they intend to let law enforcement officials redact any sensitive information in their document before making it public.

Democrats say the GOP memo contradicts its own premise that the Russian Federation investigation began with Page and the dossier.

President Donald Trump has said the memo "totally vindicates" him in the Russian Federation probe.

Schiff said after Monday's vote that "there is a rising sense of panic clearly at the White House and as well on the Hill (among Republicans)" about Mueller's investigation.

Even Fox News Admits The Phony GOP Memo Doesn't 'Totally Vindicate' Trump