Judiciary Dem: I suspect Nunes and White House coordinated on memo

The ranking Democrat on the House Judiciary Committee says he believes the White House coordinated with Republicans on the production of a memo that is said to allege surveillance abuse by the Justice Department.

Rep. Jerrold Nadler (D-N.Y.) said that he thinks Rep. Devin NunesDevin Gerald NunesSunday shows preview: States begin to reopen even as some areas in US see case counts increase Pass the Primary Care Enhancement Act Trump campaign launches new fundraising program with House Republicans MORE (R-Calif.), the chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, worked with the Trump administration to produce the memo, which has been sharply criticized as inaccurate by both Democrats and the FBI.

"I don't know that, but I certainly suspect it. I suspect it because, obviously, of the prior history of Nunes working together with the White House," Nadler told CNN. "And because when asked whether his staff had coordinated with the White House, he wouldn't answer the question."

"So yes, I suspect that the White House had a hand in preparing this. The whole thing is a charade," Nadler said. "What you have is the president and these members of Congress being complicit in overturning considerations of national security by revealing information that the FBI says shouldn't be revealed."


Nunes has dismissed the FBI's criticism and accused the intelligence community of running a counterintelligence operation based on unverified information during the 2016 election.

"It’s clear that top officials used unverified information in a court document to fuel a counterintelligence investigation during an American political campaign. Once the truth gets out, we can begin taking steps to ensure our intelligence agencies and courts are never misused like this again,” he said.

Trump on Thursday cleared the way for the controversial memo to be made public over objections from the FBI, which says the document contains omissions of fact and inaccurate claims. The memo could be made public as early as Friday.

The FBI released a statement this week warning against the publication of the memo, saying the bureau had "grave concerns" about the document.

Democrats argue the memo is an attempt to discredit the investigation of special counsel Robert MuellerRobert (Bob) MuellerCNN's Toobin warns McCabe is in 'perilous condition' with emboldened Trump CNN anchor rips Trump over Stone while evoking Clinton-Lynch tarmac meeting The Hill's 12:30 Report: New Hampshire fallout MORE into Russian meddling in the 2016 election and potential collusion with the Trump campaign.