Controversial Nunes Memo released; what it says - FOX34 Lubbock

Controversial Nunes Memo released; what it says

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LUBBOCK, Texas -

After days of suspense of whether the Nunes Memo was going to be released, it is finally made public.

The Republican memo sheds light on Christopher Steele, a former British spy who collected intel for the "Steele Dossier" which was used to obtain a FISA warrant relating to President Trump's then campaign manager Carter Page.

While collecting that intel he was secretly being funded by the Democratic National Convention and Hillary Clinton's campaign. 

Perhaps the biggest revelation is former FBI Director Andrew McCabe's statement to the House Intel Committee that no FISA warrant would've been sought from the FISC without the Steele Dossier info.

"There certainly appears to be some abuses of the Foreign Intelligence Act, FISA as it's called, and it's application for surveillance of a fellow named Carter Page before the Foreign Intelligence Court," said Texas Tech School of Law Dean Emeritus Walter Huffman. "The judge in the FISA court has to rely only on the info the government presents. In this case, assuming all this is true, the government left out some pretty significant information concerning the origins of this information. That it was funded for political purposes by a political party and a political candidate."

Democrats contend Republicans did not release all of the facts though. Only the ones they deemed necessary to shape public opinion which House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi said is part of an ulterior motive.

"It's appalling," Pelosi said. "It's a misrepresentation, it isn't even the release of intelligence material. It's a release of a distortion of it. What is it? It's purpose is to thwart the Mueller investigation."

Republicans, for the most part argue the memo had to be released in order for Americans to understand what was going on during the presidential elections. 

Lubbock Rep. Jodey Arrington tweeted Friday after the memo was released that he believes "all deserve to see the memo's contents." He commended the House Intel Committee and President Trump for declassifying the material.

It is unclear what consequences will follow the release of the documents. President Trump was evasive on if anyone will be fired. 

"If the president uses this fake horrible release of distorted intelligence as an excuse to fire acting Attorney General Rosenstien or Mueller, it could lead to a constitutional crisis," Pelosi said.

As of right now though, the only crisis in Huffman's eyes is the growing distrust in the American justice system.

"I wouldn't want the American people to be concerned about the quality and credibility of and the effectiveness of the FBI office here in Lubbock or our US Attorney's office here in Lubbock," Huffman said. "These are all high ranking appointees making these types of decisions for the department of justice and FBI."

Democrats are calling for the Republican controlled House Intel Committee to release the Democratic memo. There is no word if that will happen.

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