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 NadlerHouse to vote on bill to ensure citizenship for children of overseas service members As impeachment goes public, forget 'conventional wisdom' What this 'impeachment' is really about — and it's not the Constitution 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 NunesHere are the key players to watch at impeachment hearing Nunes pressed on Fox News about comparing impeachment inquiry to a 'coup' Republicans, Democrats brace for first public testimony in impeachment inquiry 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 GoodlatteUSCIS chief Cuccinelli blames Paul Ryan for immigration inaction Immigrant advocacy groups shouldn't be opposing Trump's raids Top Republican releases full transcript of Bruce Ohr interview MORE (R-Va.).

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


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) Swan MuellerSpeier says impeachment inquiry shows 'very strong case of bribery' by Trump Gowdy: I '100 percent' still believe public congressional hearings are 'a circus' Comey: Mueller 'didn't succeed in his mission because there was inadequate transparency' 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 TrumpTrump faces high stakes in meeting with Erdoğan amid impeachment drama Democrats worry they don't have right candidate to beat Trump Trump threatening to fire Mulvaney: report MORE, and Trump himself has attacked bureau officials.