Schumer rips GOP's 'slanderous memo' after vote

Schumer rips GOP's 'slanderous memo' after vote
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Senate Minority Leader Charles SchumerChuck SchumerSenate Democrats introduce legislation to probe politicization of pandemic response Schumer interrupted during live briefing by heckler: 'Stop lying to the people' Jacobin editor: Primarying Schumer would force him to fight Trump's SCOTUS nominee MORE (D-N.Y.) on Monday ripped Republicans’ criticism of the FBI after Deputy Director Andrew McCabe resigned and House Republicans pushed forward with a memo alleging "shocking" surveillance abuses by the Justice Department.

"The memo is full of innuendo, glaring omissions. It presents evidence without context and jumps to unfounded conclusions. We should call it what it truly is — a slanderous memo of GOP talking points," Schumer said from the Senate floor.


He added that Republicans should have supported publicly releasing a countermemo from House Intelligence Committee ranking member Adam SchiffAdam Bennett SchiffChris Matthews ripped for complimenting Trump's 'true presidential behavior' on Ginsburg Trump casts doubt on Ginsburg statement, wonders if it was written by Schiff, Pelosi or Schumer Top Democrats call for DOJ watchdog to probe Barr over possible 2020 election influence MORE (D-Calif.), saying, "What's good for the goose is good for the gander" and it would be "absolute hypocrisy" to not release both. 

The House Intelligence panel voted Monday to make public a GOP-crafted memo alleging what some Republicans say are “shocking” surveillance abuses at the Department of Justice (DOJ).

The panel voted not to publicly release Democrats’ countermemo, but agreed to release it to the entire House. 

Schumer pointed to the GOP memo as the latest example of Republicans trying to undermine the DOJ and the FBI amid special counsel Robert MuellerRobert (Bob) MuellerCNN's Toobin warns McCabe is in 'perilous condition' with emboldened Trump CNN anchor rips Trump over Stone while evoking Clinton-Lynch tarmac meeting The Hill's 12:30 Report: New Hampshire fallout MORE's probe into 2016 election meddling and potential collusion between President TrumpDonald John TrumpOmar fires back at Trump over rally remarks: 'This is my country' Pelosi: Trump hurrying to fill SCOTUS seat so he can repeal ObamaCare Trump mocks Biden appearance, mask use ahead of first debate MORE's campaign and Moscow.

"The attacks on the credibility of the FBI are beyond be pale. They have fueled wild speculation and outright paranoia, talks of coups and deep states and secret societies. It brings shame on the folks propagating this nonsense," he said.

The vote came the same day that McCabe, a subject of repeated criticism from Trump, stepped down from his post at the FBI, reportedly under pressure from Director Christopher Wray.