Bharara: GOP memo could have ‘consequences’ for intel community

Bharara: GOP memo could have ‘consequences’ for intel community
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Former U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara on Sunday warned that the House Intelligence Committee's decision to release the GOP surveillance memo could have serious "consequences" for the intelligence community.

Bharara told host Fareed Zakaria on CNN that intelligence sources who can provide important information to the U.S. government will now be concerned that their identities will be revealed if one congressional committee decides along party lines to release such information. 

"I think people on both sides — career professionals, Republican, Democrat, liberal, conservative — do have a concern when they are trying to recruit people in the future that a future, potential recruit for intelligence purposes has to think to himself or herself, 'If I decide to cooperate with the American government as an intel source, at some point in the future for political reasons, one committee of Congress on a party-line vote can choose to out me,'" Bharara said.


"That has consequences and I think that's important," he continued.

The four-page document, drafted by the staff of Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin NunesDevin Gerald NunesJuan Williams: Trump, the Great Destroyer The Hill's 12:30 Report — Presented by Citi — Latest on Hurricane Michael | Trump, Kanye West to have lunch at White House | GOP divided over potential 2020 high court vacancy Senate Dem: Trump's 'fake, hyperbolic rantings' an insult to real Medal of Honor recipients MORE (R-Calif.), details a series of allegations that the FBI and Justice Department abused U.S. surveillance programs to obtain a warrant to surveil Trump campaign adviser Carter Page. 

The committee voted along party lines to release the memo to the public, a move supported by the White House and many Republicans.

Democrats assert that Republicans cherry-picked details to put into the memo in an attempt to undermine special counsel Robert MuellerRobert Swan MuellerSasse: US should applaud choice of Mueller to lead Russia probe MORE's Russia investigation, while the GOP said the document serves as proof that top government officials were politically motivated to damage President TrumpDonald John TrumpThe Guardian slams Trump over comments about assault on reporter Five takeaways from the first North Dakota Senate debate Watchdog org: Tillerson used million in taxpayer funds to fly throughout US MORE's campaign.

The top Democrat on the panel, Rep. Adam SchiffAdam Bennett SchiffGOP targets likely Dem committee chairmen in midterm push GOP Rep to top-ranking Dem who accused him of bigotry: 'Apologize to my children' The Hill's Morning Report — Presented by the Coalition for Affordable Prescription Drugs — Trump travels to hurricane-ravaged Florida, Georgia MORE (D-Calif.), drafted a countermemo challenging the assertions made in Nunes's memo. A committee source told The Hill that Schiff's countermemo is expected to be put to a committee vote on Monday.