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

President Trump's former campaign manager, Corey LewandowskiCorey R. LewandowskiJohn Kelly — like this whole White House — is done Dems flip seat in Florida state special election Lewandowski: Dems put strictly 'partisan’ info in memo 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 NunesFive key takeaways from the Russian indictments Shepard Smith: New Mueller indictments prove Russia probe is 'opposite of a hoax' Schiff: 'We're very close to reaching an agreement' with FBI on countermemo 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 ClintonWoman behind pro-Trump Facebook page denies being influenced by Russians Trump: CNN, MSNBC 'got scammed' into covering Russian-organized rally Pennsylvania Democrats set to win big with new district map 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."