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 John TrumpDC board rejects Trump Hotel effort to dismiss complaint seeking removal of liquor license on basis of Trump's 'character' DC board rejects Trump Hotel effort to dismiss complaint seeking removal of liquor license on basis of Trump's 'character' Mexico's immigration chief resigns amid US pressure over migrants 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 NunesHillicon Valley: Hacker group targeted electric grid | House Democrats press CBP over facial recognition program | Senators offer bill to protect health data | Groups file FCC complaint over carriers' use of location data Hillicon Valley: Hacker group targeted electric grid | House Democrats press CBP over facial recognition program | Senators offer bill to protect health data | Groups file FCC complaint over carriers' use of location data Lawmakers grapple with deepfake threat at hearing 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 ClintonYoung Turks founder says Democrats should avoid repeat of 2016 and pick a progressive Young Turks founder says Democrats should avoid repeat of 2016 and pick a progressive Trump highlights polls that showed Clinton beating him by double digits 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 RosensteinGOP group urges Republicans to speak out on obstruction claims against Trump in new ad GOP group urges Republicans to speak out on obstruction claims against Trump in new ad Judiciary Democrats announce series of hearings on Mueller report MORE, and shows Republicans “are now part and parcel to an organized effort to obstruct” special counsel Robert MuellerRobert (Bob) Swan MuellerKamala Harris says her Justice Dept would have 'no choice' but to prosecute Trump for obstruction Kamala Harris says her Justice Dept would have 'no choice' but to prosecute Trump for obstruction Dem committees win new powers to investigate Trump 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.