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10 Febrero 2018, 04:25 | Crisanna Felipe

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A U.S. House of Representatives committee voted unanimously on Monday to approve the release of a classified document that Democrats say will rebut a contentious Republican memo alleging FBI bias against President Donald Trump.

Trump - who campaigned on a theme of "law and order" - and members of his Republican Party, in power in Washington, are using the memo to sow distrust in America's chief law enforcement agency and its investigation into Russia's involvement in the 2016 presidential election.

Despite it being embraced wholeheartedly by Mr Trump, the Republican memo features "mischaracterisations" of the FBI's actions and lacks crucial context, Democrats told the New York Times. Adam leaves closed committee hearings to illegally leak confidential information.

"They had all the right in the world to be concerned".

Stephanopoulos asked Hurd why he approved releasing the GOP memo while voting against releasing another memo written by Democrats on the House Intelligence Committee. If there are sources and methods that are not already known, that they think would jeopardize national security, I would defer to their judgment.

Some of that change was witnessed firsthand by Loch K. Johnson, in roles that included staff director of the Subcommittee on Intelligence Oversight for the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence. Rep. Chris Stewart, R-Utah, said, "No, it doesn't end that".

She also said the Nunes memo is an attempt to make the investigation by special counsel Robert Mueller look "not worthwhile", and that Republicans engaged in "cherry-picking" information to include in the memo.

NBC News first reported the contents of Nadler's analysis. Added Sen. Dick Durbin, D-Ill.: "No, of course it does not".

All should appreciate the FBI speaking up.

"I support his work".

"It was declassified and let's see what happens", Trump said.

There are currently multiple investigations looking into possible ties between the Trump campaign and Russia during the 2016 election, including a probe by the House Intelligence Committee, on which Nunes serves as chairman.

The memo alleges that a surveillance warrant was obtained and renewed on a former Trump campaign adviser, Page, with information from an individual with an anti-Trump agenda.

"Well I'm actually in a really small group, I think, of Republicans that think that this FISA process is suspect and wrong and should not have taken place".

Maryland Democrats blasted the release of a controversial memo Friday that Republicans said raised questions about how the FBI handled surveillance of a Trump campaign associate.

US president Donald Trump authorised the release of that disputed memo on Friday.

Congressional Republicans have rejected that argument. It claims, again without support, that Steele was fired as a source for leaking some of his findings to the media. "But you still have a Russia investigation even without it", Gowdy said.

Saturday's Democratic rebuttal contended that the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court activities discussed in the Nunes memo predated Rod Rosenstein's tenure as deputy attorney general and therefore can't be used as a basis to remove him, as some Republican lawmakers and conservative critics have urged.

To monitor a US citizen, the FBI had to abide by rules outlined in the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA), and ensure the application for its surveillance warrant was signed off by senior judges. He pleaded guilty last year to lying to the FBI.



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