Schumer: Nunes intent on undermining 'rule of law' with altered memo
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Senate Minority Leader Charles SchumerCharles (Chuck) Ellis SchumerTrump, GOP regain edge in Kavanaugh battle READ: President Trump’s exclusive interview with Hill.TV The Hill's 12:30 Report — Trump slams Sessions in exclusive Hill.TV interview | Kavanaugh accuser wants FBI investigation MORE (D-N.Y.) ripped House Intelligence Committee chair Rep. Devin NunesDevin Gerald NunesRussia probe accelerates political prospects for House Intel Dems Nunes: Russia probe documents should be released before election Gowdy: House Intel panel should release all transcripts from Russia probe MORE (R-Calif.) on Wednesday following charges from committee Democrats that Nunes had presented an altered memo to the White House for review and release.

In a brief statement, Schumer accused Nunes of being intent to undermine the rule of law with his attempt to "interfere with the Russia probe."

"It’s clear that Chairman Nunes will seemingly stop at nothing to undermine the rule of law and interfere with the Russia probe. He’s been willing to carry the White House’s water, attack our law enforcement and intelligence officials, and now to mislead his House colleagues," Schumer said in a statement.

The Senate's top Democrat went on to call on Speaker Paul RyanPaul Davis RyanElection Countdown: Trump confident about midterms in Hill.TV interview | Kavanaugh controversy tests candidates | Sanders, Warren ponder if both can run | Super PACs spending big | Two states open general election voting Friday | Latest Senate polls On The Money: Midterms to shake up House finance panel | Chamber chief says US not in trade war | Mulvaney moving CFPB unit out of DC | Conservatives frustrated over big spending bills Nancy Pelosi: Will she remain the ‘Face of the Franchise’? MORE (R-Wis.) to challenge Nunes and other Republicans on the House Intelligence Committee, who on Monday voted to release a memo detailing purported government surveillance abuses.

"If Speaker Ryan cares about the integrity of the House or the rule of law, he will put an end to this charade once and for all," Schumer added.

Schumer's statement follows a letter from the committee's ranking Democrat, Rep. Adam SchiffAdam Bennett SchiffThe Hill's Morning Report — Sponsored by United Against Nuclear Iran — Kavanaugh and his accuser will testify publicly Russia probe accelerates political prospects for House Intel Dems Trump to declassify controversial text messages, documents related to Russia probe MORE (D-Calif.), that Nunes had made "substantive" changes to the memo between Monday's vote and his presentation of the document to White House lawyers. The Republican-crafted memo alleges corrosive abuse of United States surveillance powers by the Justice Department. 

"While the Majority’s changes do not correct the profound distortions and inaccuracies in your document, they are nonetheless substantive," Schiff wrote in his letter to Nunes earlier Wednesday night.

"It is now imperative that the Committee Majority immediately withdraw the document that it sent to the White House."

The FBI has also denounced the memo, calling the document "misleading" in a rare statement Wednesday afternoon.

"As expressed during our initial review, we have grave concerns about material omissions of fact that fundamentally impact the memo’s accuracy," the bureau wrote in a statement.