REP LIEU STATEMENT ON RELEASE OF HOUSE GOP MEMO ON RUSSIA PROBE

February 2, 2018
Press Release

WASHINGTON - Today, Congressman Ted W. Lieu (D - Los Angeles County) issued the following statement after the White House approved releasing the House GOP’s “Nunes memo” without the companion Democratic memo. Rep. Lieu sits on the House Judiciary committee, which has oversight over the FBI, the Department of Justice and the authorization of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA). Rep. Lieu also joined his Democratic colleagues on the Judiciary Committee in issuing a joint statement excoriating the release of this memo as a grave disservice to American intelligence officials and the public.

"The Nunes memo omits significant material facts in an attempt to blatantly mislead the public. That is why the Democratic memo, which provides the omitted facts, must be released. When the American people see the facts that Trump and Nunes are trying to hide, the people will be angry at the President and the GOP, and proud of the professionals at the FBI and DOJ.

But even with the misleading assertions in the Nunes memo, it’s important to know what the memo doesn’t say. It doesn’t say the relevant parts of the dossier are false. It doesn’t say the Russia investigation would not have started but for the dossier. It doesn’t say the FISA judge did not have probable cause to issue a surveillance order on Carter Page. It doesn’t say anyone at the FBI or DOJ violated the FISA law.  

Rather than undermine Special Counsel Mueller’s investigation, the Nunes memo has done exactly the opposite. The release of this memo shows a desperate President and his enablers trying to undermine and obstruct an investigation because it is getting closer to arriving at the truth of what happened in 2016."

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