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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 SchiffDems eye ambitious agenda if House flips Schiff: There is legal precedent for impeaching sitting officials over prior criminal conduct Hillicon Valley: 50M affected by Facebook hack | Google CEO to testify on Capitol Hill | Tesla shares slump after SEC sues | House Intel votes to release Russia probe transcripts | Dem holds up passage of key intel bill MORE (D-Calif.) hit back at President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump: 'I don't trust everybody in the White House' JPMorgan CEO withdraws from Saudi conference Trump defends family separations at border 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 NunesThe Hill's 12:30 Report — Presented by Citi — Latest on Hurricane Michael | Trump, Kanye West to have lunch at White House | GOP divided over potential 2020 high court vacancy Senate Dem: Trump's 'fake, hyperbolic rantings' an insult to real Medal of Honor recipients Trump: Nunes should receive Medal of Honor 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 PapadopoulosCalif. man ensnared in Mueller probe sentenced to 6 months in prison The Mueller investigation: Where it stands at the midterms Mr. President, tear down the wall hiding those FISA abuses 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.