Politics Nunes claims 'clear link' between Dems and Russia during 2016 election

09:36  06 february  2018
09:36  06 february  2018 Source:   thehill.com

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  Read: the full text of the Nunes memo <p>The allegations aim to call the FBI and Justice Department’s professionalism into question.</p>Republicans on the House Intelligence Committee voted on Monday night to release the four-page memo, authored by Rep. Devin Nunes (R-CA), which alleges that the FBI abused its power in surveilling Donald Trump’s presidential campaign in 2016. The vote gave the president five days to review the classified document and decide whether it should be released for the public.

Nunes was responding during an interview on Fox News Sunday when asked if he has seen, up to this point, any evidence of collusion between Trump’s campaign and Russia during the 2016 election .

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a man wearing a suit and tie© Provided by The Hill House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes (R-Calif.) accused Democrats of hypocrisy on Monday evening, saying that there was a "clear link" between them and Russia during the 2016 presidential election.

Appearing on "Hannity" on Fox News, Nunes hit Democrats for criticizing a memo compiled by his office alleging the Justice Department abused a government surveillance program against a Trump campaign adviser.


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"We have a clear link to Russia - you have a campaign who hired a law firm, who hire Fusion GPS, who hired a foreign agent, who then got information from the Russians on the other campaign," the Republican chairman said.

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"It seems like the counterintelligence investigation should have been opened up against the Hillary campaign when they got ahold of the dossier. But that didn't happen, either," Nunes said.

Nunes also claimed that the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) court that granted the warrant against Trump aide Carter Page wasn't informed of the political origins of the funding behind the dossier, though it's been reported that officials had disclosed the political nature of the dossier.

The Republican memo claims that the Justice Department used information from the so-called Steele dossier to obtain a surveillance warrant against Carter Page.

The memo, however, also makes clear that the federal Russia probe was triggered by information about former Trump campaign staffer George Papadopoulos, and not the dossier.

The intelligence community believes that the Kremlin hacked U.S. groups in 2016 with the intention of helping to elect President Trump.

Nunes's statements came just hours after the House Intelligence Committee unanimously voted to release the Democrats' countermemo to his own. Democrats on the panel, led by ranking member Adam Schiff (Calif.), say their memo refutes claims of FISA abuse point-by-point.

Trump now has five days to decide whether to release the Democratic memo publicly, as he did last week with the GOP's.

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