Lewandowski: Memo shows ‘one of the grossest abuses of power we’ve seen’

President Trump's former campaign manager, Corey LewandowskiCorey R. LewandowskiThe Hill's 12:30 Report — Sponsored by Delta Air Lines — GOP spars with FBI agent at tense hearing Washington big names celebrate launch of Hill.TV The Hill's Morning Report — Trump denigrates NATO allies, floats 4 percent solution MORE, said Sunday that a GOP memo released by the House Intelligence Committee shows that top government officials grossly abused surveillance programs in an effort to damage Trump's campaign.

"This is one of the grossest abuses of power we’ve seen from a government agency and there has to be accountability," Lewandowski said on "Fox & Friends." 


The memo, drafted by staffers for the panel's chairman, Rep. Devin NunesDevin Gerald NunesSchiff: Surveillance warrant docs show that Nunes memo 'misrepresented and distorted these applications' Justice Dept releases surveillance applications for former Trump aide On The Money: Trump 'ready' for tariffs on all 0B in Chinese goods | Trump digs in on Fed criticism | Lawmakers drop plans to challenge Trump ZTE deal MORE (R-Calif.), alleges that FBI and Department of Justice officials used the controversial "Steele dossier" in seeking a surveillance warrant against former Trump campaign adviser Carter Page. 

The four-page memo claims government officials who pursued the warrant did not disclose that it was paid for in part by Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonWhite House protests extend into sixth day despite rain Clinton: US is 'losing friends and allies' under Trump Justice Dept releases surveillance applications for former Trump aide MORE's presidential campaign and the Democratic National Committee. Democrats have pushed back against that claim, however, saying the authorities made it clear to the court that the information came from a politically motivated source.

"What I am talking about are members of the FBI who took information that was obtained from a dossier, paid for by the Clinton campaign and Christopher Steele, presented to a judge in a [Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act] court and asked them to continue surveillance on an American citizen on U.S. soil without disclosing where the information came from," Lewandowski said on Fox.

Trump has seized on the memo, claiming it "vindicates" him in special counsel Robert MuellerRobert Swan MuellerSasse: US should applaud choice of Mueller to lead Russia probe MORE's investigation into Russia's election meddling and possible collusion between the Trump campaign and Moscow. The president has repeatedly described the probe as a "witch hunt."

"This memo totally vindicates 'Trump' in probe. But the Russian Witch Hunt goes on and on. Their was no Collusion and there was no Obstruction (the word now used because, after one year of looking endlessly and finding NOTHING, collusion is dead). This is an American disgrace!" Trump tweeted Saturday. 

Lewandowski said on Sunday that the "president is absolutely right" in saying the memo proves "no collusion."