Top House Judiciary Dem rips Nunes memo accusing FBI of bias

Top House Judiciary Dem rips Nunes memo accusing FBI of bias
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Rep. Jerry NadlerJerrold (Jerry) Lewis NadlerThe stakes are sky-high for the pro-life cause in the upcoming midterms It's not Congress's job to protect Trump, Nadler says Sunday shows preview: Trump legal scrutiny in spotlight MORE (D-N.Y.) on Tuesday ripped a GOP-crafted memo accusing FBI officials of political bias, calling it misleading and damaging to the Justice Department.

Nadler, the ranking Democrat on the House Judiciary Committee, accused 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.) of using classified material to compile a “conspiracy theory” memo that argues there is political bias within the FBI.

“Too many of our colleagues appear to be constructing their own version of history—completely unrelated to the facts as you and I understand them—based, at least in part, on this memorandum,” Nadler wrote in a letter to Judiciary Chairman Bob GoodlatteRobert (Bob) William GoodlatteVirginia reps urge Trump to declare federal emergency ahead of Hurricane Florence Republicans mull new punishments for dissident lawmakers Republicans ready to grill Bruce Ohr as Trump-DOJ feud escalates MORE (R-Va.).

The content of Nadler's letter was first reported by Politico.

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Nadler said he reviewed the source material for the memo from Nunes, the chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, saying it tells “a very different story” than what Nunes is suggesting.

The classified documents are said to contain allegations that senior FBI officials abused a surveillance program to target the Trump campaign last year.

Several Republican lawmakers have since called for the classified report to be released, saying it will show that special counsel Robert MuellerRobert Swan MuellerSasse: US should applaud choice of Mueller to lead Russia probe MORE's investigation into possible collusion between Trump campaign officials and Russia is based on politically motivated actions.

Nadler asked Goodlatte in his role as Judiciary Committee chairman to request that the Justice Department make the source material available to the entire Judiciary Committee.

He also called on Nunes to provide the Justice Department and FBI with his memo, calling it “profoundly unfair” that he has not done so already.

“Some of our colleagues have compounded the problem by attacking the Department in public—where, because of the classified and sensitive nature of the case, Department officials cannot defend themselves,” Nadler wrote.

Several Republican lawmakers have in recent weeks accused the FBI of political bias against President TrumpDonald John TrumpLondon terror suspect’s children told authorities he complained about Trump: inquiry The Memo: Tide turns on Kavanaugh Trump to nominate retiring lawmaker as head of trade agency MORE, and Trump himself has attacked bureau officials.