After harsh criticisms from Democrats regarding the release of the FISA memo last week, Senate Minority Chuck Schumer and other Democrats are now calling on President Trump to release their own version of the FISA memo; their reasoning being “full transparency.”
Sunday, the Republicans’ memo was released, which shows misuse of power by the FBI and Justice Department while requesting a warrant from the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court (FISA) on former-Trump campaign adviser Carter Page.
Additionally, the officials failed to mention to a court judge that the information regarding Page by Christopher Steele, a former British intelligence officer, was funded by Democrats.
“I believe it is a matter of fundamental fairness that the American people be allowed to see both sides of the argument and make their own judgments,” Schumer said according to Fox News.
However, California Rep. Adam Schiff says Republicans slanted information while drafting the memo, and reportedly will officially request the committee to release Democrats’ 10-page memo with redactions from the Justice Department.
Schumer said he “urges” the president to “release of ranking member Schiff’s memo so that the American people can make their own judgment on the facts of the case.”
The minority leader also claimed that the Republicans’ declassified memo was “only intended to undermine” the Justice Department’s investigation into collusion with Russia, however Congressional Republicans have denied this allegation.
“The memo has nothing to do at all with the special counsel,” Utah Rep. Chris Stewart, a Republican member of the Intelligence Committee, told Fox News. “I hope the special counsel completes his work and reports it to the people.”
Rep. Eric Swalwell, a Democrat on the committee, also said the GOP memo “appears” to intentionally undermine the investigation and special counsel Robert Mueller, and prompted Stewart to support legislation that would defend Mueller and Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein in addition to the release of the Democrats’ memo “that puts into context, point by point, the seriousness of this investigation as well as new, unseen evidence that bolsters the FBI’s credibility,” Fox News reported.
However, Democrats and officials have been outspoken about the memo’s release.
What The Media Is Saying
Former CIA Director Leon Panetta said Sunday that the committee released it “without looking at the entire (warrant) application, without talking to the judges who actually make these decisions.”
“I think that’s irresponsible,” Panetta added, who was formerly the Pentagon secretary, a Clinton administration chief of staff and California congressman.
Additionally, the former official told NBC that Trump was possibly constructing a “constitutional crisis” by prioritizing the release over the concerns of the FBI and justice department.
“In order for our democracy to function, you have to have a relationship of trust between the president and those who enforce the law — the Justice Department and the FBI,” he told Fox News. “And if that trust breaks down, then I think it undermines the rule of law in this country and that, in effect, creates a crisis.”
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