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Schiff: FBI not part of the 'deep state'

Schiff: FBI not part of the 'deep state'
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Rep. Adam SchiffAdam Bennett SchiffOvernight Defense: Administration says 'low to moderate confidence' Russia behind Afghanistan troop bounties | 'Low to medium risk' of Russia invading Ukraine in next few weeks | Intelligence leaders face sharp questions during House worldwide threats he Hillicon Valley: Biden administration sanctions Russia for SolarWinds hack, election interference Intelligence leaders face sharp questions during House worldwide threats hearing MORE (D-Calif.) during a Sunday show interview dismissed allegations that the FBI is part of a “deep state.”

During an interview with CNN’s “State of the Union,” Schiff defended the release of a Democratic memo that counters a Republican document accusing the Justice Department of surveillance abuses. 

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“But it's important for the public to see the facts, that the FBI acted appropriately in seeking a warrant on Carter Page,” Schiff told Jake Tapper, referring to a former Trump campaign aide.

“They're not part of some deep state, as the president apparently would like the public to believe,” he added, referring to the bureau.

Schiff, the ranking member of the House Intelligence Committee, is part of the panel of Democratic lawmakers that authored the countermemo.

The partially redacted document, put out Saturday after President TrumpDonald TrumpDC goes to the dogs — Major and Champ, that is Biden on refugee cap: 'We couldn't do two things at once' Taylor Greene defends 'America First' effort, pushes back on critics MORE previously blocked its release, seeks to refute allegations in the previous memo drafted by House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin NunesDevin Gerald NunesSunday shows preview: Russia, US exchange sanctions; tensions over policing rise; vaccination campaign continues Overnight Defense: Administration says 'low to moderate confidence' Russia behind Afghanistan troop bounties | 'Low to medium risk' of Russia invading Ukraine in next few weeks | Intelligence leaders face sharp questions during House worldwide threats he Hillicon Valley: Biden administration sanctions Russia for SolarWinds hack, election interference MORE (R-Calif.) and his staff.