Schumer: Nunes memo an 'impotent document of GOP talking points'

Schumer: Nunes memo an 'impotent document of GOP talking points'
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Senate Minority Leader Charles SchumerCharles (Chuck) Ellis SchumerSchumer, Pelosi push Trump to back universal background check bill Sinema says she would back Kennedy in race against Markey Democrats threaten to withhold defense votes over wall MORE (D-N.Y.) ripped a Republican-crafted memo accusing the Justice Department of abusing its surveillance powers, calling it an "impotent document of GOP talking points." 
 
"At least the American people can now see the Nunes memo for what it truly is, an impotent document of GOP talking points. Far from being the smoking gun that many Republicans, right-wing media outlets and Russia-linked bots claimed it would be," Schumer said, referring to the document drafted by staff for House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin NunesDevin Gerald NunesWe've lost sight of the real scandal Twitter won't disclose who's running parody accounts being sued by Devin Nunes Nunes campaign drops lawsuit against constituents who accused him of being a 'fake farmer' MORE (R-Calif.).
 
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Schumer added that GOP leadership has been silent as Trump and his allies in Congress try to "systematically ... weaken America's faith in the rule of law."
 
"Their silence is rapidly becoming complicity in the denigration of our Republic," he said.
 
The House Intelligence Committee released the previously classified memo on Friday, accusing senior DOJ officials of inappropriately using opposition research on President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump conversation with foreign leader part of complaint that led to standoff between intel chief, Congress: report Pelosi: Lewandowski should have been held in contempt 'right then and there' Trump to withdraw FEMA chief nominee: report MORE to obtain surveillance warrants on transition team members as part of the federal investigation into the Trump campaign and Russia.
 
But the Nunes memo also undermined a long-held assertion from conservatives that the origin of the probe was based entirely on the dossier, noting the investigation was instead opened based on "information" regarding another Trump campaign aide, George PapadopoulosGeorge Demetrios PapadopoulosUS attorney recommends moving forward with charges against McCabe after DOJ rejects his appeal 10 declassified Russia collusion revelations that could rock Washington this fall Flynn, Papadopoulos to speak at event preparing 'social media warriors' for 'digital civil war' MORE.
 
 
"Seeing as House Republicans saw fit to release the contents of their partisan memo, they should certainly support the release of the memo prepared by ranking member Adam SchiffAdam Bennett SchiffTrump conversation with foreign leader part of complaint that led to standoff between intel chief, Congress: report Schiff says Trump intel chief won't comply with subpoena over whistleblower Sunday shows - Guns dominate after Democratic debate MORE," he said, referring to a Democrat-crafted memo countering the allegations in the Nunes memo.
 
House Republicans, as well as the White House, have signaled they are open to publicly releasing Schiff's memo.