The House Intelligence Committee on Friday released a controversial classified memo alleging surveillance abuses by the FBI shortly after President Trump approved its release without redactions Friday morning.
Republicans released “exclusive first excerpts” to Fox News and other Trum-friendly conservative outlets.
So the Washington Examiner and Fox News got an early look at a memo which was declassified this morning.
— Philip Bump (@pbump) February 2, 2018
So… looks like the House Intel Committee gave exclusive early memo access to Byron York and Fox News, ensuring that the initial coverage would be favorable. Draw from that what conclusions you will.
— Leon Wolf (@LeonHWolf) February 2, 2018
Fox News got “exclusive first excerpts” of the Nunes memo to lead the top of noon hour, which will feed the narrative that this is a partisan exercise.
— James Hohmann (@jameshohmann) February 2, 2018
MSNBC’s Chuck Todd blasted the move: “Not a good look by the House GOP to release cherry picked excerpts through friendly media outlets in order to build a narrative. Only reinforces the partisan look to all this. A truly nonpartisan act would have been a complete release without cherry picks.”
Not a good look by the House GOP to release cherry picked excerpts through friendly media outlets in order to build a narrative. Only reinforces the partisan look to all this. A truly nonpartisan act would have been a complete release without cherry picks
— Chuck Todd (@chucktodd) February 2, 2018
The FBI and the Justice Department strongly objected to the memo’s release.
In a statement Wednesday, the FBI had said it was “gravely concerned” that key facts were missing from the memo, which, it said, left an inaccurate impression of how the agency conducted surveillance under the authority of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court.
Read the full, four-page memo below.
Several keen reporters zeroed in on one key line in the memo which undermines its central thesis:
So Team Nunes is admitting that Papadopoulos triggered the FBI's Russia investigation — not the Steele dossier? pic.twitter.com/2A3Mf4P1Of
— Mark Murray (@mmurraypolitics) February 2, 2018
Wait, doesn't this last graf undermine… like, the purported thesis of the entire memo? pic.twitter.com/VggE6njZcu
— Jay Willis (@jaywillis) February 2, 2018
This, all the way at the bottom of the Nunes memo, literally proves that the FBI didn't use the Steele dossier as its sole source for a FISA warrant. Papadopoulos was not mentioned in the dossier and he came on the FBI's radar before Steele even handed them his first report. pic.twitter.com/XOcMt6WjM8
— Natasha Bertrand (@NatashaBertrand) February 2, 2018
Maybe the most important part of the memo.
It clearly says that the FBI investigation into Trump was triggered by George Papadapoulos months BEFORE anything ever happened with Carter Page.
This memo confirms the investigation was necessary, actually. pic.twitter.com/N0tfjH3s1m
— Shaun King (@ShaunKing) February 2, 2018