The House Intelligence Committee has released a controversial memo that details alleged abuses by investigators from the FBI and Department of Justice involved in a probe looking into collusion between the Trump campaign and the Russian government during the 2016 election.
The memo claims that "material and relevant information was omitted" relating to an unverified dossier put together by former British spy Christopher Steele when officials submitted a request for a FISA probable cause order "authorizing electronic surveillance on Carter Page", who worked for Donald Trump’s campaign as a foreign-policy adviser.
The memo states that "Deputy Director McCabe testified before the Committee in December 2017 that no surveillance warrant would have been sought from the FISC without the Steele dossier information."
It alleges that investigators used media coverage of the memo to give it credibility when attempting to convince the court to supply a FISA warrant. The memo claims an article on Yahoo News, written by Michael Isakoff, was "cited extensively" in the application.
The Page FISA application incorrectly assesses that Steele did not directly provide information to Yahoo News.
The memo says that Steele did meet with news organizations in September 2016, as instructed by Fusion GPS.
The memo also claims that Christopher Steele and Fusion GPS, the company hired to create the dossier, continued to pass information onto authorities through Justice Department Official Bruce Ohr. His wife Nellie started working for Fusion GPS in May 2016.
President Trump tweeted about the release on Friday morning. He said "[t]he top Leadership and Investigators of the FBI and the Justice Department have politicized the sacred investigative process in favor of Democrats and against Republicans - something which would have been unthinkable just a short time ago. Rank & File are great people!"
His second tweet gave more detail, quoting Tom Witton, who is president of Judicial Watch, a conservative watchdog group that routinely files Freedom of Information requests with government agencies.
“You had Hillary Clinton and the Democratic Party try to hide the fact that they gave money to GPS Fusion to create a Dossier which was used by their allies in the Obama Administration to convince a Court misleadingly, by all accounts, to spy on the Trump Team.” Tom Fitton, JW
Democrats said they plan to release a ten-page memo to counter the claims made in the Republican memo.
Read the full memo below: