U.S. Representative and ranking member of the House Intelligence Committee Adam Schiff has released a memo refuting claims that the FBI engaged in improper behavior in its investigation into Russia’s interference in the 2016 Presidential Election. The memo is in direct response to another memo written by fellow Representative Devin Nunes released early in February that claimed the FBI had secured a warrant to conduct surveillance on the Trump Campaign’s Foreign Policy Adviser Carter Page solely on the basis of the infamous Russian dossier assembled by Christopher Steele some claims of which had been unverified. Alongside releasing the new memo, Schiff went onto CNN’s State of the Union to rebut the Nunes memo.
Schiff asserted that the Steele dossier’s contents was only “part of the complete whole of the application [for a surveillance warrant] and all the parts were important” and that the unverified nature of the Steele dossier would not have excluded it as reason for a warrant. The Representative insisted that the reason a warrant would be needed in the first place “is seeking proof when you have probable cause that crime may be committed, or that someone may be acting as an agent of a foreign power.”
The debate continues over whether information had to be corroborated before a warrant could be issued. Several people, including the Commander-in-Chief have rebuked Schiff’s memo in favor of the Nunes version. Representative Nunes was the chairman of the House Intelligence Committee under public outcry forced him to step away from the Russian investigation after he shared information on the investiogation to the White House in a manner some claimed to be improper.
Both the House Intelligence Committee’s investigation and the FBI’s investigation under Special Counsel Robert Mueller into Russia’s interference in the 2016 Presidential Election is still ongoing.