Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) on Monday took to the Senate floor to blast the GOP’s criticism of the FBI and the Republican House Intelligence Committee’s vote to release a memo that allegedly reveals an anti-Trump bias at the Justice Department, calling the memo “slanderous” and full of “GOP talking points.”
“The memo is full of innuendo, glaring omissions. It presents evidence without context and jumps to unfounded conclusions. We should call it what it truly is — a slanderous memo of GOP talking points,” Schumer said.
He added that the GOP should have supported publicly releasing a countermemo from Adam Schiff (D-Calif.), the top Democrat on the House Intelligence Committee, saying, “What’s good for the goose is good for the gander” and it would be “absolute hypocrisy” to not release both.
The Hill added:
The House Intelligence panel voted Monday to make public a GOP-crafted memo alleging what some Republicans say are “shocking” surveillance abuses at the Department of Justice (DOJ).
The panel voted not to publicly release Democrats’ countermemo, but agreed to release it to the entire House.
Schumer pointed to the GOP memo as the latest example of Republicans trying to undermine the DOJ and the FBI amid special counsel Robert Mueller’s probe into 2016 election meddling and potential collusion between President Trump’s campaign and Moscow.
“The attacks on the credibility of the FBI are beyond be pale. They have fueled wild speculation and outright paranoia, talks of coups and deep states and secret societies. It brings shame on the folks propagating this nonsense,” he said.
The vote came the same day that Deputy Director Andrew McCabe, who was repeatedly criticized and even taunted by Trump, stepped down from his post at the FBI, reportedly under pressure from Director Christopher Wray.