President Donald Trump asserted Saturday that a Democratic memo rebutting Republican claims about surveillance of a former campaign aide was "a total political and legal BUST" and used the occasion to repeat his claim that an ongoing probe of possible collusion between his campaign and Russians is a "Witch Hunt".
Both memos are part of the House Intelligence Committee's ongoing investigation into alleged collusion between the Trump campaign and the Kremlin and Russian meddling in the 2016 US presidential election.
Page had been assessed to be "an agent of the Russian government", the Democratic memo asserts, and the Justice Department was acting to protect national security. Candidate #1 is a reference to Trump. Trump said that the Democrats have "actually agreed to" the wall but that he "has to get more", including an end to chain migration.
President Donald Trump and the White House struck back at Democrats on the House Intelligence Committee after they released their rebuttal memo to the so-called Nunes memo. Republicans claim they uncovered scandalously improper surveillance, and Democrats say law enforcement officials acted appropriately to conduct a counterintelligence investigation into Russian meddling in the campaign. "It's what you do when you think the facts don't reflect well on you".
One section that has multiple redactions is under the heading of "Page's connections to Russian Government and Intelligence Officials".
Corroborated information about Page is redacted from the Democratic memo. USA officials also failed to disclose that the dossier was funded by former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's campaign and the Democratic National Committee, Republicans claimed.
In response to the Democratic memo, Page calls it "misinformation" and "the latest smear campaign" by Democratic Party loyalists. "Is it fair to ask, what did President Obama know?" If that all sounds vague-that's because of the masking process meant to protect US identities who are not the direct targets of surveillance.
Instead of being a flawed, politically biased document meant to get permission to spy on the Trump campaign, the warrant application met all the necessary requirements to show probable cause, according to the committee's Democrats.
It was originally funded by a group of Republicans who opposed Trump during the Republican primaries. Instead, it says, the bureau chiefly relied on the dossier's claims that Mr. Page had met with a Kremlin official as well as a close associate of President Vladimir V. Putin during a July 2016 trip to Moscow, during which the official offered to provide compromising information about Mrs. Clinton to the Trump campaign.
The Democrats' document ― which President Donald Trump dubbed a "political and legal BUST" ― is the latest salvo in a partisan fight over the Russian Federation investigation, which was launched in 2016 and has come under repeated fire from Trump and other Republicans.
"DOJ told the Court the truth", the Democrats' memo reads.
Devin Nunes lied. The FBI told the FISA court all about Steele, and that the memo was paid for by people who wanted "to discredit" Trump's campaign. A paragraph laying out the purported evidence is largely redacted from the memo.
The FBI and the DOJ had sufficient evidence to justify spying on Page, including information about Page's history with Russian intelligence and his "suspicious activity during the 2016 campaign".