Schiff: FBI not part of the 'deep state'

Schiff: FBI not part of the 'deep state'
© Greg Nash

Rep. Adam SchiffAdam Bennett SchiffFive takeaways from Mark Zuckerberg's media blitz House Intel votes to release report in Russia probe Top Intel Dem: Minority 'absolutely' plans to continue Russia witness interviews MORE (D-Calif.) during a Sunday show interview dismissed allegations that the FBI is part of a “deep state.”

During an interview with CNN’s “State of the Union,” Schiff defended the release of a Democratic memo that counters a Republican document accusing the Justice Department of surveillance abuses. 

“But it's important for the public to see the facts, that the FBI acted appropriately in seeking a warrant on Carter Page,” Schiff told Jake Tapper, referring to a former Trump campaign aide.

“They're not part of some deep state, as the president apparently would like the public to believe,” he added, referring to the bureau.

Schiff, the ranking member of the House Intelligence Committee, is part of the panel of Democratic lawmakers that authored the countermemo.

The partially redacted document, put out Saturday after President TrumpDonald John TrumpPoll: Both parties need to do more on drug prices Senate approves .3 trillion spending bill, sending to Trump White House: Trump will delay steel tariffs for EU, six countries MORE previously blocked its release, seeks to refute allegations in the previous memo drafted by House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin NunesDevin Gerald NunesTop Intel Dem: Minority 'absolutely' plans to continue Russia witness interviews FEC probing Nunes for possible campaign violations Top Russia probe Republican: 'No intention' of calling Cambridge Analytica officials back MORE (R-Calif.) and his staff.