President Trump's former campaign manager, Corey LewandowskiCorey LewandowskiNew Trump super PAC formed after accusations of misconduct The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Alibaba - Democrats still at odds over Biden agenda Noem severs ties with Lewandowski after harassment allegations surface 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 NunesDevin Nunes's family ordered to reveal who is paying for defamation lawsuit Three key behind-the-scenes figures in Jan. 6 probe Pentagon watchdog finds NSA properly sidelined GOP operative hired as top lawyer 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 ClintonTrump to attend World Series Game 4 in Atlanta Pavlich: Democrats' weaponization of the DOJ is back Mellman: The trout in the milk 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 (Bob) MuellerSenate Democrats urge Garland not to fight court order to release Trump obstruction memo Why a special counsel is guaranteed if Biden chooses Yates, Cuomo or Jones as AG Barr taps attorney investigating Russia probe origins as special counsel 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."