Democratic Memo Counters GOP’s Take On Russia Probe

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Democrats on the House Intelligence Committee have drafted a document they say will counter Republican efforts to discredit the FBI probe into Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential campaign.

The panel’s top Democrat, Adam Schiff, Calif., intends to ask the panel Monday to allow all House members to read the minority’s take on how the FBI and Justice Department handled sensitive information in the Russia investigation.

Committee members voted last week to provide lawmakers with access to a GOP memo that suggests federal investigators conducted surveillance in 2016 on people close to President Donald Trump based on bad information procured from a now-famous dossier containing allegations of financial and personal ties between Trump and the Kremlin.

“We need to produce our own memo that lays out the actual facts and show how the majority memo distorts the work of the FBI and the Department of Justice,” Schiff said in a telephone interview. If the GOP goes public with its document, he added, Democrats would insist that their memo also be publicized.

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