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 SchumerImmigrants who seek opportunity should comply with longstanding American values The Hill's 12:30 Report: Sanders's momentum puts Democrats on edge Schumer confirms spending K on cheesecake in 10 years: 'Guilty as charged' 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 NunesCongress set for clash over surveillance reforms Judge dismisses Nunes' lawsuit against Fusion GPS Trump's new intel chief makes immediate changes, ousts top official 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 TrumpAdvisor: Sanders could beat Trump in Texas Bloomberg rips Sanders over Castro comments What coronavirus teaches us for preventing the next big bio threat 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 PapadopoulosFree Roger Stone A tale of two lies: Stone, McCabe and the danger of a double standard for justice California Democrat Christy Smith launches first TV ad in bid for Katie Hill's former House seat 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 SchiffThe Hill's Morning Report - Sanders steamrolls to South Carolina primary, Super Tuesday Schiff blasts Trump for making 'false claims' about Russia intel: 'You've betrayed America. Again' Trump: Nevada a 'great win' for Sanders 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.