Schumer: Nunes intent on undermining 'rule of law' with altered memo
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Senate Minority Leader Charles SchumerChuck SchumerA Biden stumble on China? First Black secretary of Senate sworn in Republican Ohio Senate candidate calls on GOP rep to resign over impeachment vote MORE (D-N.Y.) ripped House Intelligence Committee chair Rep. Devin NunesDevin Gerald NunesRepublican rips GOP lawmakers for voting by proxy from CPAC What good are the intelligence committees? CPAC, all-in for Trump, is not what it used to be 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 RyanBoehner book jacket teases slams against Cruz, Trump CPAC, all-in for Trump, is not what it used to be Cruz hires Trump campaign press aide as communications director 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 SchiffHouse Democrats want to silence opposing views, not 'fake news' White House defends not sanctioning Saudi crown prince over Khashoggi What good are the intelligence committees? 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.