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 SchumerTrump administration installs plaque marking finish of 100 miles of border wall Sanders defends vote against USMCA: 'Not a single damn mention' of climate change Schumer votes against USMCA, citing climate implications 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.

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He added that Republicans should have supported publicly releasing a countermemo from House Intelligence Committee ranking member Adam SchiffAdam Bennett SchiffWhite House appoints GOP House members to advise Trump's impeachment team Trump knocks authors of 'A Very Stable Genius': 'Two stone cold losers from Amazon WP' Democrats push back on White House impeachment claims, saying Trump believes he is above the law 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) Swan MuellerSchiff: Trump acquittal in Senate trial would not signal a 'failure' Jeffries blasts Trump for attack on Thunberg at impeachment hearing Live coverage: House Judiciary to vote on impeachment after surprise delay MORE's probe into 2016 election meddling and potential collusion between President TrumpDonald John TrumpSanders apologizes to Biden for supporter's op-ed Jayapal: 'We will end up with another Trump' if the US doesn't elect progressive Democrats: McConnell impeachment trial rules a 'cover up,' 'national disgrace' 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.