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James Kallstrom: FBI leaders showed a shocking failure of judgment in the Clinton and Trump investigations

The memo recently released by House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes, R-Calif., reveals yet more shocking details about the failed leadership and judgement at the highest echelons of the FBI concerning the flawed investigation into Hillary Clinton and the farcical investigation of Donald Trump.

The Nunes memo revealed that in 2016, senior FBI leaders and Department of Justice officials used a discredited intelligence document (the infamous “Steele dossier”) in making their case to a Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) Court that it should authorize surveillance of Trump campaign official Carter Page. Here’s what we know about this Steele dossier: its “research” was financed by the Clinton campaign and the Democratic National Committee.

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Democrats prepared to redact memo

Democrats on the House Intelligence Committee are prepared to black out parts of their memo about the FBI's Russia investigation to ensure there's no harmful spilling of secrets, then try again to get President Donald Trump to let it come out.

The White House legislative director, Marc Short, countered that Democrats padded their memo with sensitive information, knowing Trump would stop its release, in an effort to make him look obstructionist.


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Democrats willing to redact parts of memo to try and get Trump to allow its release

Democrats on the House Intelligence Committee are prepared to black out parts of their memo about the FBI’s Russia investigation to ensure there’s no harmful spilling of secrets, then try again to get President Donald Trump to let it come out.

The White House legislative director, Marc Short, countered that Democrats padded their memo with sensitive information, knowing Trump would stop its release, in an effort to make him look obstructionist.


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Schiff lobs 'baseless' claim that Steele referral aims to bring down Mueller probe, Grassley says

Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley accused the top Democrat on the House Intelligence Committee, Adam Schiff, of making a "tired and baseless" claim that Grassley was trying to undermine special counsel Robert Mueller's Russia investigation. In an interview with CBS' "Face the Nation," Schiff, D-Calif., accused Grassley, R-Iowa, of being "part of the same effort along with [House Intelligence Committee chairman Devin Nunes] to try to put the FBI and Bob Mueller's investigation on trial."


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Rep. Adam Schiff: FBI followed "correct procedures" on Carter Page warrant

In the wake of the House Intelligence Committee's release of a GOP-crafted memo alleging surveillance abuses by the Department of Justice, Rep. Adam Schiff, D-California, is defending the FBI for its conduct in seeking a Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA)  warrant against former Trump campaign adviser Carter Page.

Schiff added that the Democrats' memo undermines the president's claims of "vindication" and argued that Republicans' goal is to "put the FBI on trial, to put Bob Mueller's investigation on trial and the president is only too happy to accommodate."


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Transcript: Rep. Adam Schiff on "Face the Nation," Feb. 11, 2018

ADAM SCHIFF: You know, I have read the different iterations of it because they put it through certain redaction reviews, but I can't claim to be intimately familiar with everything in the Grassley correspondence with DOJ.

ADAM SCHIFF:We're going to sit down with the FBI and go through any concerns that they have and any legitimate concerns over sources and methods, we will redact.



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