Schumer rips GOP's 'slanderous memo' after vote

Schumer rips GOP's 'slanderous memo' after vote
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Senate Minority Leader Charles SchumerCharles (Chuck) Ellis SchumerJudd Gregg: Biden — a path to the presidency, or not Montana barrels toward blockbuster Senate fight Federal judges should be allowed to be Federalist Society members 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 SchiffFlynn urged Russian diplomat to have 'reciprocal' response to Obama sanctions, new transcripts show The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Facebook - George Floyd's death sparks protests, National Guard activation Hillicon Valley: Trump signs order targeting social media legal protections | House requests conference with Senate after FISA vote canceled | Minneapolis systems temporarily brought down by hackers 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 TrumpFauci says his meetings with Trump have 'dramatically decreased' McEnany criticizes DC mayor for not imposing earlier curfew amid protests Stopping Israel's annexation is a US national security interest 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.