Schiff Memo To Be Released
On Saturday, President Trump agreed to release the redacted Democratic memo.
The memo is in response to the previously released Nunes memo which Democrats claimed omitted key facts and was deliberately misleading. For example, Nunes memo claimed that the FBI of suppressed Democratic ties to an opposition research dossier on Trump and Russia. The contents of the dossier was used in the FISA warrant for former Trump campaign foreign policy adviser Carter Page. However, the FISA application did state that the author of the dossier was paid by a political entity. This piece of information was not included in the Nunes memo.
It was not only Democrats who were concerned by Nunes memo. FBI Director Christopher Wray also expressed concerns. He publicly warned the White House that omitted information could impact the memo’s veracity.
The releasing of two memos is incredibly strange since usually only one is. However, that joint memo is generally prepared by both political parties. However, Nunes instead went straight to the White House with his own version which in turn was released. Critics have cried foul stating the reason is the contents fit the narrative of what President Trump wanted the public to see. Afterwards, Democrats demanded to be able to release their own. The first version was rejected for containing too much sensitive information so the President sent it back.
The process of releasing the memo was otherwise complicated because in order to do so, special committee rules had to be employed. This was the first time those rules had been invoked in the history of the committee.