Schiff fires back at Trump: Memo does 'quite the opposite' of vindicating you

Schiff fires back at Trump: Memo does 'quite the opposite' of vindicating you
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Rep. Adam SchiffAdam Bennett SchiffHillicon Valley: Kushner accused of using WhatsApp, personal email for official work | White House rejects request for Trump-Putin communications | Facebook left 'hundreds of millions' of passwords unsecured | Tech pressured to root out extremism Five things to watch for as White House readies for Mueller report White House rejects Dem request for documents on Trump-Putin communications MORE (D-Calif.) hit back at President TrumpDonald John TrumpClinton and Ocasio-Cortez joke about Kushner's alleged use of WhatsApp Missouri Gov. declares state of emergency amid severe flooding Swalwell on Hicks testimony: 'She's going to have to tell us who she lied for' in Trump admin MORE on Saturday for claiming that the newly released GOP memo alleging wrongdoing at the Department of Justice and FBI “totally vindicates” him in the probe into Russia's election interference.

“The most important fact disclosed in this otherwise shoddy memo was that FBI investigation began July 2016 with your advisor, Papadopoulos, who was secretly discussing stolen Clinton emails with the Russians,” Schiff tweeted Saturday.

The top Democrat on the House Intelligence Committee was responding to Trump’s tweet earlier Saturday claiming that the memo “totally vindicates ‘Trump’ in probe.”

The memo, which was compiled by staffers for House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin NunesDevin Gerald NunesHillicon Valley: EU hits Google with .7 billion antitrust fine | GOP steps up attack over tech bias claims | Dems ask FTC for budget wishlist | Justices punt on Google privacy settlement Devin Nunes 'cow' parody account overtakes Nunes in Twitter followers MSNBC's Hayes on Nunes's Twitter lawsuit: US 'almost literally founded on mocking political leaders' MORE (R-Calif.), was released on Friday after Trump declassified the document.

The memo alleges that senior Justice Department officials improperly used information from the so-called Steele dossier to obtain surveillance warrants on former Trump adviser Carter Page.

The document also shows, however, that the investigation into Russia's election interference began after the FBI obtained information about former Trump campaign adviser George PapadopoulosGeorge Demetrios PapadopoulosFormer White House staffer Hope Hicks to cooperate with Dems' probe into Trump Nadler 'encouraged' by response to Trump documents request Trump seizes on poll that shows half agree Mueller investigation is a 'witch hunt' MORE, and not from the warrants on Page.

Democrats on the House Intelligence Committee are now pushing to release their own memo countering Nunes’s document, and Republicans have signaled that they would be willing to sign off on the release.