Top Dem issues rebuttal to GOP memo

Top Dem issues rebuttal to GOP memo
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Rep. Jerrold Nadler (D-N.Y.) has issued a rebuttal to a memo alleging the FBI used the unverified dossier on President TrumpDonald TrumpMcCabe wins back full FBI pension after being fired under Trump Biden's Supreme Court reform study panel notes 'considerable' risks to court expansion Bennie Thompson not ruling out subpoenaing Trump MORE in part to secure a surveillance warrant for Trump campaign adviser Carter Page, NBC News reports.

“Carter Page was, more likely than not, an agent of a foreign power. The Department of Justice thought so. A federal judge agreed. The consensus, supported by the facts, forms the basis of the warrant issued,” Nadler writes in the rebuttal of the memo orchestrated by House Intelligence Chairman 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.)

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“The Nunes memo alleges nothing that would even come close to meeting this standard,” he continued, referencing arguments that the warrant should be voided. 

According to NBC, Nadler's rebuttal says the memo does not show the government lacked evidence to get a Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) warrant on Page and that former MI6 agent Christopher Steele, who compiled the dossier, had knowledge on Russia that would have trumped concerns a FISA court would have about the funding of the dossier. 

The dossier was funded in part by former Democratic nominee Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonMcCabe wins back full FBI pension after being fired under Trump Bill Clinton hospitalized with sepsis We have a presidential leadership crisis — and it's only going to get worse MORE's campaign and the Democratic National Committee. 

Nadler said the Nunes memo “provides no credible basis whatsoever” for removing Deputy Attorney General Rod RosensteinRod RosensteinWashington still needs more transparency House Judiciary to probe DOJ's seizure of data from lawmakers, journalists The Hill's Morning Report - Biden-Putin meeting to dominate the week MORE, and shows Republicans “are now part and parcel to an organized effort to obstruct” 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 probe into alleged ties between the Trump campaign and Russia's election meddling. 

Nunes's memo, which was made public on Friday, says the FBI's counterintelligence investigation into whether Trump campaign officials had improper contacts with Russia was triggered by information the bureau obtained about former Trump campaign adviser George Papadopoulos

Allies of Trump had previously said it was the dossier that triggered the probe. 

The memo alleges that the FBI used the dossier, in part, to obtain surveillance warrants for Page after the counterintelligence probe began.