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Nunes claims 'clear link' between Dems and Russia during 2016 election

House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin NunesDevin Gerald NunesOn The Money: Senate confirms Gensler to lead SEC | Senate GOP to face off over earmarks next week | Top Republican on House tax panel to retire GOP Rep. Kevin Brady won't seek reelection Republican rips GOP lawmakers for voting by proxy from CPAC MORE (R-Calif.) accused Democrats of hypocrisy on Monday evening, saying that there was a "clear link" between them and Russia during the 2016 presidential election.

Appearing on Fox News's "Hannity," Nunes slammed Democrats for criticizing a memo compiled by his office alleging the Justice Department abused a government surveillance program against a Trump campaign adviser.

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“We have a clear link to Russia — you have a campaign who hired a law firm, who hired Fusion GPS, who hired a foreign agent, who then got information from the Russians on the other campaign,” the Republican chairman said.

“It seems like the counterintelligence investigation should have been opened up against the Hillary campaign when they got ahold of the dossier. But that didn't happen, either,” Nunes said.

Nunes also claimed that the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) court that granted the warrant against Trump aide Carter Page wasn’t informed of the political origins of the funding behind the dossier, though it's been reported that officials had disclosed the political nature of the dossier.

The Republican memo claims that the Justice Department used information from the so-called Steele dossier to obtain a surveillance warrant against Page.

The memo, however, also makes clear that the federal Russia probe was triggered by information about former Trump campaign staffer George PapadopoulosGeorge Demetrios PapadopoulosTrump supporters show up to DC for election protest Trump pardons draw criticism for benefiting political allies Klobuchar: Trump 'trying to burn this country down on his way out' MORE, not the dossier.

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Nunes's statements came just hours after the House Intelligence Committee unanimously voted to release the Democrats' countermemo to his own. Democrats on the panel, led by ranking member Adam SchiffAdam Bennett SchiffHillicon Valley: Intel heads to resume threats hearing scrapped under Trump | New small business coalition to urge action on antitrust policy | Amazon backs corporate tax hike to pay for infrastructure Intel heads to resume worldwide threats hearing scrapped under Trump The Hill's Morning Report - Biden tasks Harris on border; news conference today MORE (D-Calif.), say their memo refutes claims of FISA abuse point by point.

Trump now has five days to decide whether to release the Democratic memo publicly, as he did last week with the GOP's.