House Intelligence Committee Republicans released a Democratic memo in response to GOP allegations that Democrats are trying to undermine Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation of Russian interference in the 2016 election.
The memo accuses the FBI of overstepping its bounds with a Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act warrant that collected evidence of wiretapping conversations about Trump campaign official Carter Page.
Here are some key points from both memos:
Quote We see that the Republican memo focuses on a narrow mischaracterization of the conduct of the FBI and Department of Justice.
— Chairman Adam Schiff, along with the top ranking Democrat on the panel, Democratic Rep. Adam Schiff, released the rebuttal memo.
— House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes told CNN: “This minority memo is completely different from the Republican memo. The fact that it was released is just further proof that their intent was to undermine the Russia investigation.”
Democratic Rep. Jackie Speier told CNN’s Jim Sciutto, “It’s a sham. It is simply a rewrite of what we had brought forward. It is a blatant attempt to skewer the special counsel and all of us and I’m not prepared to do that.”
UPDATE: (4:55 p.m.)
The Senate Select Committee on Intelligence has subpoenaed some members of the Trump campaign and ousted White House staffer Roger Stone for documents about their interactions with Russians, CNN reported on Wednesday.
A senior source with knowledge of the subpoenas confirmed to CNN’s Evan Perez and MJ Lee that Robert Mueller, special counsel on the Russia investigation, is instructing the committee’s staff to subpoena Steve Bannon, a top Trump campaign official, and Stone, among others, for documents related to their ties to Russia.