Schiff fires back at Trump: Memo does 'quite the opposite' of vindicating you

Schiff fires back at Trump: Memo does 'quite the opposite' of vindicating you
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Rep. Adam SchiffAdam Bennett SchiffRepublicans and Democrats alike face troubling signals from voters Schiff blasts GOP for Russia probe conduct: 'That's how you obstruct an investigation, not how you conduct one' Treason! The new party game that everyone is playing MORE (D-Calif.) hit back at President TrumpDonald John TrumpDems make history, and other takeaways from Tuesday's primaries Pawlenty loses comeback bid in Minnesota Establishment-backed Vukmir wins Wisconsin GOP Senate primary MORE on Saturday for claiming that the newly released GOP memo alleging wrongdoing at the Department of Justice and FBI “totally vindicates” him in the probe into Russia's election interference.

“The most important fact disclosed in this otherwise shoddy memo was that FBI investigation began July 2016 with your advisor, Papadopoulos, who was secretly discussing stolen Clinton emails with the Russians,” Schiff tweeted Saturday.

The top Democrat on the House Intelligence Committee was responding to Trump’s tweet earlier Saturday claiming that the memo “totally vindicates ‘Trump’ in probe.”

The memo, which was compiled by staffers for House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin NunesDevin Gerald NunesPolice close Nunes district office as protesters rally outside Top aide in Kenneth Starr investigation will vote for Dems for first time Vulnerable Republicans include several up-and-coming GOP leaders MORE (R-Calif.), was released on Friday after Trump declassified the document.

The memo alleges that senior Justice Department officials improperly used information from the so-called Steele dossier to obtain surveillance warrants on former Trump adviser Carter Page.

The document also shows, however, that the investigation into Russia's election interference began after the FBI obtained information about former Trump campaign adviser George PapadopoulosGeorge Demetrios PapadopoulosOmarosa claims Trump knew about hacked emails prior to WikiLeaks release Signs grow that Mueller is zeroing in on Roger Stone The Hill's Morning Report: Where the Mueller probe stands MORE, and not from the warrants on Page.

Democrats on the House Intelligence Committee are now pushing to release their own memo countering Nunes’s document, and Republicans have signaled that they would be willing to sign off on the release.