Schiff: FBI not part of the 'deep state'

Schiff: FBI not part of the 'deep state'
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Rep. Adam SchiffAdam Bennett SchiffOn The Money: Cain withdraws from Fed consideration | Says he didn't want 'pay cut' | Trump sues to block subpoena for financial records | Dems plot next move in Trump tax-return battle Pelosi downplays impeachment post-Mueller report Pelosi, Dems struggle to find unity in Mueller response 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 John TrumpRussia's election interference is a problem for the GOP Pence to pitch trade deal during trip to Michigan: report Iran oil minister: US made 'bad mistake' in ending sanctions waivers MORE previously blocked its release, seeks to refute allegations in the previous memo drafted by House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin NunesDevin Gerald NunesTrump hits Twitter: 'They don't treat me well as a Republican' Ten post-Mueller questions that could turn the tables on Russia collusion investigators Schiff, Nunes pressed DOJ for Mueller briefing MORE (R-Calif.) and his staff.