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With all the fervor in Washington D.C. about the investigation into alleged collusion between Russian Federation and the campaign of President Donald Trump, some beltway insiders are trying to divert public attention from the White House crisis, so House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes (R-Calif.) compiled a memo, the contents of which are entirely unknown but was crafted as a distraction from the special investigation into the Trump campaign's alleged collusion with Russian Federation prior to the 2016 presidential election.

WASHINGTON-A fight is intensifying over a memo that its Republican authors say describes abuses by USA intelligence agencies in probing Russian election interference, as Democrats and law-enforcement officials demand additional access to the document and the classified intelligence underpinning it.

The central Republican charge that the Steele dossier was the catalyst for the entire Russian Federation inquiry also has fallen flat.

Schiff then added that the Democrats plan, on Monday, to release their own document, claiming that Republicans are misleading the public. Even though any reasonable reading of the messages shows the two doing anything but trying to subvert Trump - not to mention the fact that we aren't reading whatever texts were sent by the thousands of other people who work at the Federal Bureau of Investigation - each message is examined with Talmudic care to find its hidden meanings and subtle implications, in the desperate hope that some ill will toward Trump might be found. Fusion GPS, a research firm founded by former Wall Street Journal reporters, employed the wife of a top Justice Department attorney at the time.

The Nunes memo is a test for the news media, according to Kevin Drum in Mother Jones.

House lawmakers have described the 4-page abuse FISA memo as extremely alarming and one lawmaker stated that the details in the memo are reminiscent of KGB activities in the era of the Soviet Union and possibly today in Russian Federation.

There is a great deal of commentary, some of it hysterical, about a short memo authored by Republican staffers on the House Intelligence Committee under the direction of Chairman Devin Nunes (R., Calif.).


Oklahoma senator James Lankford said the Senate has not yet seen the House memo, but that the intelligence committee is working to determine the source documents that it is based on.

More than 200 House members have reportedly seen the memo.

A spokesman for Nunes, Jack Langer, said: "Agencies that are under investigation by congressional committees don't typically get access to the committees' investigative documents about them, and it's no surprise these agencies don't want the abuses we've found to be made public".

Grassley said Mueller "should be free to complete his work, and to follow the facts wherever they lead".

Strzok, who served as Chief of the Counterespionage Section during the FBI's investigation into Clinton's use of her personal email server, at one point referred to Trump as a "douche" and an "utter idiot". "Let everyone look at it", he told me, "so they can enjoy the piece of lettuce between two buns that's there".

Another person familiar with that exchange said the team had bought Russia-theme calendars to give out to the agents and analysts investigating Russia's interference in the election, and in light of the election results, Page was making a dark joke about the gag gifts. "That was 18 minutes; this was five months". "Maybe it should just be the first meeting of the secret society", Page texted Strzok after the election.


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