After a week of speculation, the Republican’s memo about intelligence abuses has been released. President Trump had indicated his intentions to publish the memo, and today it has been made public. The document is shaking up the political establishment as the alarming series of events show just how politicized surveillance gathering has become.
The memo has been surrounded by controversy regarding alleged abuses of intelligence gathering practices. Republicans have worked to have the information declassified. Nunes, who spearheaded the memo, claimed that the FBI used data from the Trump dossier to secure a FISA surveillance warrant on Carter Page, a former Trump foreign policy adviser, without disclosing that the dossier was partially funded by Democratic and Republican opponents to then candidate Trump.
According to the dossier, Page met with Russian officials, acting as an emissary of the Trump campaign, and discussed various deals related to sanctions against Russia, as well as interference in the election and certain business opportunities.
The memo also claims that there is evidence that Christopher Steele, the former British spy who created the dossier, had a personal vendetta against Trump.
Andrew McCabe, the FBI deputy director, has previously stated that, if the information judge who approved the search warrant against page was aware that the information used as grounds was partially funded by Democrats, it would not have been issued.
“The findings ‘raise concerns with the legitimacy and legality of certain DOJ and FBI interactions’ with the court that approves surveillance requests, the memo says, and ‘represent a troubling breakdown of legal processes established to protect the American people from abuses’ related to surveillance,” the memo states.
Trump suggested that the contents of the memo revealed political biases within the FBI, and the White House requested no redaction of any of the information contained in the four-page memo.
The Justice Department previously asserted that they were opposed to the release of the memo, and the FBI had issued a stark warning on Wednesday that the document omits certain pieces of key information that could affect how the memo is perceived, saying, the bureau had “grave concerns about material omissions of fact that fundamentally impact the memo’s accuracy.
Democrats also largely opposed the release of the memo as they feel that it has left out other evidence that corroborates the need for the FISA warrants.
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