President TrumpDonald John TrumpAccuser says Trump should be afraid of the truth Woman behind pro-Trump Facebook page denies being influenced by Russians Shulkin says he has White House approval to root out "subversion" at VA MORE on Saturday claimed that the House Intelligence Committee Democrats' memo proves that the Federal Bureau of Investigation and Justice Department committed "terrible" and "illegal" acts.
The memo was released on Saturday with redactions from the White House.
The White House said in a statement that the President supported the release of the memo for transparency purposes, but called it a "politically driven document" that failed to answer the questions raised in the Nunes memo.
Schiff's memo was written to rebut a Republican memo that accuses the Federal Bureau of Investigation of suppressing Democratic ties to an opposition research dossier on then-candidate Donald Trump and Russian Federation used in the FISA warrant for former Trump campaign foreign policy adviser Carter Page. FBI Director Christopher Wray also expressed concerns about the Nunes memo, publicly warning the White House that omitted information could impact the memo's veracity.
But the Democrats, who have said the GOP document was released earlier this month to divert attention away from special counsel Robert Mueller's Russia investigation, countered that in a 10-page, partially-redacted memo, saying Page had already been assessed to be an "agent of the Russian government" prior to the FBI receiving the dossier. The FBI did include the opposition research nature of the dossier in the FISA application, as revealed in the Democratic memo, but did not specifically disclose that the dossier was funded by the Democratic National Committee and the Hillary Clinton campaign.
The Schiff memo cites the FBI's previous interest in Page, including a March 2016 interview with him about his contact with Russian intelligence.
Democrats say there's evidence to show the court was informed appropriately.
Congress has released a redacted, declassified memo that aims to counter GOP allegations that the FBI abused government surveillance powers in its investigation into Russian election interference.
"We wanted it out because we think it is clear evidence that the Democrats are not only trying to cover this up, but they're also colluding with parts of the government to help cover this up", Nunes said during an appearance at the Conservative Political Action Conference in Oxon Hills, Maryland.
The FBI received Steele's reporting in mid-September, more than seven weeks after launching its investigation of Page's ties to Russian Federation.
Per the timeline provided in the Democratic memo, the FBI made a decision to start its investigation into Carter in late July 2016.
The top Democrat on the intelligence panel, California Representative Adam Schiff, had criticised Mr Trump for treating the two documents differently.
The committee's Republicans first voted to release the Republican memo last month, without the Democratic rebuttal document, before later agreeing to release the Democratic memo, too.
The Democratic minority on the U.S. House of Representatives Intelligence Committee on Saturday released a response to Republican charges that the FBI and Justice Department have abused the law in their investigation of possible ties between Russian Federation and Donald Trump's 2016 presidential campaign.