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 NadlerBiden to raise refugee cap to 125,000 in October Ocasio-Cortez, Bush push to add expanded unemployment in .5T spending plan Angelina Jolie spotted in Capitol meeting with senators 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 NunesSunday shows preview: Pelosi announces date for infrastructure vote; administration defends immigration policies LIVE COVERAGE: Ways and Means begins Day 2 on .5T package Biden faces unfinished mission of evacuating Americans 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 GoodlatteThe job of shielding journalists is not finished Bottom line No documents? Hoping for legalization? Be wary of Joe Biden 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 (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 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 TrumpJan. 6 committee chair says panel will issue a 'good number' of additional subpoenas Overnight Defense & National Security — Presented by AM General — Pentagon officials prepare for grilling Biden nominates head of Africa CDC to lead global AIDS response MORE, and Trump himself has attacked bureau officials.