Trump declares House Democrats' counter-memo 'a nothing' — while claiming it proves surveillance abuses against his campaign
House Intelligence Committee Democrats on Saturday published their counter to the Nunes memo, a controversial document compiled under Rep. Devin Nunes (R-Calif.), the committee chair, and released earlier this year.
The Nunes memo alleges the FBI acquired FISA court permission to spy on Trump campaign aide Carter Page using the Steele dossier, which was created with funding from a Clinton campaign lawyer, not telling the court the information's source.
The new memo defends the FBI, claiming the agency was conducting its own probe of the Trump campaign for seven weeks before obtaining the Steele dossier. The dossier was only narrowly used in the surveillance application, the counter-memo says, with proper identification of its political provenance.
President Trump promptly denounced the counter-memo, calling it "a nothing" and "really fraudulent" in a Fox News interview Saturday night. On Twitter, he misquoted Fox to attack Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Calif.), who oversaw the counter-memo's creation and release. He also declared the counter-memo proves his own campaign's persecution. "Just confirms all of the terrible things that were done," Trump wrote. "SO ILLEGAL!"
Read the counter-memo below. Bonnie Kristian
Fired FBI Director James Comey already gave a dramatic testimony before the Senate Intelligence Committee this week, but he may get a return invite courtesy of the Senate Judiciary Committee, The Hill reported Saturday.
Committee members are debating subpoenaing Comey for a second round of questioning, Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) told The Hill. Feinstein said she has conferred on the matter with the committee's chair, Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa), advising him to proceed with the subpoena. Grassley's office said he "is willing to consider issuing subpoenas in the course of the Judiciary Committee's ongoing and bipartisan oversight" but "no specific decisions on issuing subpoenas have been made at this time."
Meanwhile, the Judiciary Committee reportedly has been in contact with Comey's friend and adviser, Dan Richman, the Columbia University professor whom Comey identified as the distributor of the unclassified, personal memos the former FBI director wrote chronicling his interactions with President Trump. Comey asked Richman to leak the documents in hopes that they might "prompt the appointment of a special counsel." Politico reports Richman was put in contact with the Senate committee by the office of special counsel Robert Mueller, who is leading an investigation into alleged Trump team ties to Russian election interference. Bonnie Kristian