Himes says he would support releasing more FISA applications

Himes says he would support releasing more FISA applications

He also called concerns the release of the memo would endanger national security "a total fallacy", and said the contents were carefully reviewed to ensure sources and methods of the intelligence community would not be revealed.

Now available to the public, the memo alleges that in the initial stages of the investigation the FBI and DOJ used information from the unsubstantiated and controversial dossier, compiled by former British intelligence agent Christopher Steele, in order to obtain surveillance warrants against former Trump campaign adviser Carter Page.

"Nothing in the memo released today undercuts Mr. Mueller's investigation", Sen.

On Fox News Sunday, Rep. Chris Stewart, a Utah Republican said, "I think it would be a mistake for anyone to suggest that the special counsel shouldn't complete his work". I support his work.

"I actually don't want him to testify because as a lawyer, I don't want him caught in a "gotcha" moment where someone accuses him of lying, where he may not remember something". "I think it's very possible his staff worked with the White House".

The memo was written January 18 by staff of the House Intelligence Committee, chaired by Rep. Devin Nunes, R-California.

Some Republicans were also critical of the memo's release.

President Donald Trump has said the memo "totally vindicates" him in the Russian Federation probe. "I say investigate everything Russian Federation did, but admit that this was a really sloppy process that you engaged in to surveil a US citizen".

President Trump has consistently denied any such collusion.

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"This memo totally vindicates "Trump" in probe", the commander in chief wrote, speaking of himself in the third person.

Trump, who denies collusion between his campaign and Moscow, and has dismissed the Russian Federation probes as a witch hunt, used social media to express his views on the memos.

Schumer also argued the release of the GOP memo, after Trump declassified its content, was "only meant to undermine" the Justice Department collusion investigation, now being led by special counsel Robert Mueller. "This is an American disgrace!"

The president would have five days to decide whether the memorandum can be made public, as he did with the GOP memo.

Congressional Democrats accused the Republicans who backed the memo of distorting classified information as part of an effort to undermine law enforcement officers and the ongoing Trump-Russia investigation.

The warrant authorising the Federal Bureau of Investigation to monitor the communications of former campaign adviser Carter Page was not a one-time request, but was approved by a judge on four occasions, the memo says, and even signed off on by the second-ranking official at the Justice Department, Rod Rosenstein, whom Trump appointed as deputy attorney general. But it's unclear how much or what information Steele collected made it into the application, or how much has been corroborated.

Fusion GPS, researching Trump during the primary campaign, approaches the Clinton campaign and the DNC about continuing its research. Democrats take issue with both points.

Mueller's investigation has so far led to guilty pleas by two of Trump's foreign policy advisers to charges of lying to the FBI, and indictments of former campaign manager Paul Manafort and his business partner Rick Gates.

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