It’s Here: Trump Declassifies Controversial Nunes Memo

"I think it's a disgrace what's happening in our country," Trump said of the information in the highly-anticipated memo.

President Donald Trump speaks with reporters about allowing the release of a secret memo on the F.B.I.'s role in the Russia inquiry, during a meeting with North Korean defectors in the Oval Office of the White House, Friday, Feb. 2, 2018, in Washington.

By Liberty McArtor Published on February 2, 2018

The White House released the highly anticipated Nunes memo Friday. House Intelligence Committee chairman Rep. Devin Nunes, R-Calif., penned the memo. It reveals what many argue is damning evidence regarding the Justice Department’s and FBI’s surveillance practices. The House Intelligence Committee voted to release it earlier this week.

A big revelation in the memo relates to the Steele dossier — a document released during the 2016 election. The dossier was a political research document containing questionably sourced information about then-presidential candidate Donald Trump and his connections to Russia. 

Information from the disreputable Steele dossier was “essential” in allowing intelligence agents to get Federal Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) warrants against former Trump aide Carter Page, the memo states. Intelligence officials were aware of the dossier’s bias (it was paid for by the Clinton campaign and the DNC). But the FISA court was not adequately informed of the bias.

Further, the FISA application cited a Yahoo News article as corroborative evidence of the dossier. But the application did not explain that Steele himself provided the information to Yahoo News

The memo also reveals that Bruce Ohr of the DOJ met with Christopher Steele, the creator of the Steele dossier, in 2016 and was aware of Steele’s bias against Trump. Ohr’s wife was also involved in compiling the political research against Trump. This information was not passed on to the FISA court, either.

The application for a FISA warrant against Page was not the beginning of the ongoing Russia investigation, the memo further makes clear. The investigation began with a look into former Trump adviser George Papadopoulos, who later admitted he lied to the FBI about his contacts with the Russians.

Stream Managing Editor Al Perrotta summarized the memo’s biggest revelations in a Twitter thread Friday.

“This is spying on an American for political purposes only,” he tweeted. “It is a horror.” (Scroll down to read the full memo.)

White House Response

Trump commented after the release of the memo Friday, saying, “Let’s see what happens.” 

“I think it’s a disgrace what’s happening in our country,” he said. “A lot of people should be ashamed of themselves and much worse than that.” Now that the memo has been declassified and sent to Congress, “Congress will do whatever they’re going to do.”

Later in the day, the White House released a statement regarding another memo — one drafted by Democrats.

“The Administration stands ready to work with Congress to accommodate oversight requests consistent with applicable standards, including the need to protect intelligence sources and methods,” the statement said. 

Controversy and Concerns

The previously classified memo has stirred controversy for days. Republicans who read the document called for its release. They said it unveils troubling bias regarding the investigation into Russia’s election interference. Specifically, how the FBI and DOJ went about obtaining FISA warrants for the investigation. 

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Democrats opposed releasing the memo. They cited concerns over its accuracy and whether it could compromise national security. On Thursday Rep. Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., claimed Nunes “deliberately and materially altered the contents of the memo since it was voted on by the House Republicans.”

The same day, Rep. Mark Meadows, R-N.C., summarized the memo’s importance in a Twitter thread. “Was the Obama DOJ weaponized to spy on the Trump campaign?” he asked.

“Your right as an American to privacy from your government spying on you is critical,” he added in another tweet. 

Read the full memo for yourself here, or below: 

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  • Paul

    Maybe now more people will understand why some of us were revolted by the Patriot Act.

  • Karen

    It’s two and a half pages long and contains no primary source material or references to it. Furthermore, you are all a bunch of reeking hypocrites. The only reason any of you care about this now is because Trump is in legal trouble based on FISA survelliance. If this were some poor immigrant kid with funny name, especially a Muslim one, then releasing this information would be the end of the world and the destruction of everything that keeps us safe from the Angry Brown Hordes!! You cannot be trusted.

    Trump will have Reichstag Fire and you will applaud and help him load the cattle cars with us dissenters. You want a fascist government and want to kill or imprison everyone who does not agree with you. And spare me the idiot assertions that leftists want the same thing. We do not and have a long history of opposing tyranny.

    • Paul

      That was an entertaining liberal loon rant, thanks for the laugh!

    • Howard Rosenbaum

      Times up – it’s nap time child , you’ll feel better once you’ve had your cookies & milk …

      • Karen

        You can’t even be bothered to deny anything. Do you want to punish dissent? Is there any objection you have beyond your blind supoort for Trump.

        • Howard Rosenbaum

          This should not be a partisan issue unlike the implications of your earlier comment. There is more than sufficient substantive & documented FACT to relieve any “Trump Supporter ” of having to “deny anything” ..!
          The only “dissent” I have seen has been coming from the stonewalling efforts by virtually every democrat & those in the FBI & DOJ who are in jeopardy here.
          This memo speaks for itself. Logic & evidence is more than adequate to calm any storms of “Clintonian” era politicking …

          • Karen

            Would you really think this if a Democrat were in office? If you think Democrats are traitors, you will approve of killing all of us. You threaten me and my family.

          • Paul

            “Would you really think this if a Democrat were in office?” A democrat was in office when this all started. So what’s your point?

          • Karen

            Would you think the same evidence was insignificant if it were against a Democrat?

          • Paul

            If you take a look at the first reply to this article, my main take away about this mess is that we should never have done the Patriot Act. Secret courts to spy on Americans was, is and continues to be a really stupid idea. It took only one administration removed from Bush to start using it as a tool against a political opponent. Yes, I know that no one is implicating Obama but if you believe he had no clue then I’ve got some ocean front property to sell you in Nevada.

            Yes, if FISA surveillance was being used against Ds based on a phony dossier bought and paid for by Rs, yes it would be just as wrong.

          • Karen

            So are you going to start demanding the repleal of thr PATRIOT Act or are you going to cheerlead Trump when he gets his Reichstag Fire?

          • Paul

            Sorry, there is no Reichstag Fire coming. You remind me of the conspiracy cooks who were selling the idea that Obama was going to start some national state of emergency and impose marshall law to stay in power.

          • Karen

            Keep repeating that Big Lie. I’m sure your friends in the coming police state will appreciate your efforts. Do you honestly doubt that Trump is a fascist? Do you have any knowledge of history at all?

          • Paul

            You’ve been gulping a lot of that conspiracy kool aid, there is no reasoning with that. But I’ll simply say if you think Americans in general and conservatives in particular would tolerate such a govt takeover then you don’t know America or conservatives.

          • Howard Rosenbaum

            Are you related to Nancy …?!

          • m-nj

            funny!

          • m-nj

            Honestly, you sound like Maxine Waters ranting about the Russians “targeting” her. You and your family are MORE safe with these revelations being made, because it will (hopefully) result in de-politicizing the FBI and DOJ, and more restrictions on government surveillance of American citizens (not to mention that you and your family are not really that important to warrant attention or harassment, if it was going to happen).

          • Karen

            And you deflect. Would you be so blase about a Democrat doing what Trump is accused of doing? Of course not; you would be screaming to have her shot. No one should trust a conservative any more.

          • Karen

            The Republicans reauthorizwd FISA with no changes at all recently. Also, my family and I are not important, but being insignificant has never protected dissenters in any other fascist regimes. Why should Trump’s be any different? (And Trump and his supporters want a fascist state. You will applaud them establishing it.)

          • Jim Walker

            I was a Democrat, not anymore.
            Your politicians (many of them) serve the Devil.

          • Karen

            And no, the memo has no evidence; it has assertions.

          • Howard Rosenbaum

            Assertions that are a whole lot more credible than any of the fabrications used to foster the most preposterous of “witch hunts” are nation has been obliged to permit …!

          • Paul

            Do you believe Trump worked with Russia to win the election?

          • Karen

            I think there is some evidence to support that. I do not think we know enough at this point.

          • Paul

            What evidence supports the idea that Trump worked with Russia to win the election?

          • Karen

            He employed many people in the upper reaches of his campaign who also worked for Putin or Putin-allied governments. You screamed like you were being boiled when Hillary Clinton got a request from a donor to her foundation asking for a meeting, and the request was denied. Trump hires associates of the Russian mob and you blink.

          • Paul

            Did she return the bribe… I mean ‘donation’?

    • Funny, I just looked at it, and counted 6 pages, not 2 and a half, as you claim (2 of the six are a letter from Trump’s counsel to Nunez, leaving the memo on, you guessed it, 4 pages).

      How do you expect to be taken seriously when your very first thought on the matter is provably flat out wrong?

      • Paul

        Apparently foaming at the mouth impares the ability to count

    • Chip Crawford

      Working from the pages of Sol Alinsky’s “Rules for Radicals” to maintain counter, even if, of necessity, ridiculous assertions in all circumstances. We won’t ask you to reference the exact pages, as we acknowledge a counting and/or reading challenge there. Feeding off the breathless propaganda from CNN, MSNBC and others of that ilk will also negatively affect the brain. The disabilities are mounting up. Some reasons perhaps, but no excuses for the Swiss cheese slice with more holes than cheese. God loves truth, and he knows what you and your mascots know. May your souls be saved in the day of judgment.

      • Karen

        Huh?

        • Chip Crawford

          That’s part of your heroes’ sourcing – really bad stuff. You should do research on your source of info. Not a healthy lot.

        • Andrew Mason

          I think Chip’s point is that your assertions are not grounded in reality but in propaganda. The Left has a proven track record of imprisoning or killing dissenters – Stalinist Russia and Maoist China being merely the worst 2 examples. The Right has consistently opposed such tyranny.

          • Chip Crawford

            She’s long gone I think. With some, when you apply logic or an actual argument with points or some background, or ask for their proof as some have here, they become confused and flee the field.

  • Paul

    Can you all imagine the MSM outrage if Bush’s FBI and DOJ was being called out for using FISA surveilance on Obamas election team?

  • m-nj

    I read the memo and it totally belies the bellyaching of the Democrats, re: concerns over its accuracy and whether it could compromise national security. There is absolutely nothing in there related to “national security”… it all relates to improper (illegal?) actions by FBI and DOJ officials during the end of the Obama era.

    I hope they have a hard time wiping the egg off their faces. But I’m sure their die-hard base (Karen below included) will continue to find reason to lament the release.

  • Concerned Christian

    Ah, conservative justice:

    1. Release a memo.
    2. Do not allow a rebuttal
    3. Claim that it’s accurate

    Thank God that’s not how the real court system works. Although, it is one that Kim and Putin can appreciate!

    Also, if FISA is so bad, why did both democrats and republicans renew it?

    It’s a horrible law that secretly legalizes spying on american citizens. That’s what should come out of all of this!

    • Paul

      Liberals have been playing the allegation game for as long as I’ve been paying attention to politics.

      At least we can agree that the Patriot Act should go, but most Ds and Rs are happy to have that unconstitutional power at their disposal.

      • Concerned Christian

        wow, we found common ground on something. 🙂

        • Paul

          It’s bound to happen eventually, I wouldn’t get used to it though lol

    • Andrew Mason

      The memo was the product of FBI and Democrat input so should be reasonably accurate, not that they’ll necessarily agree. As for not permitting a rebuttal, what do you think the Left were doing even before the memo was released? They’re spinning and rebutting for their very lives.

      • Concerned Christian

        My point is that if there is a dispute between two people and I only hear one side of the argument, then I can’t claim that this is a fact.

        I don’t care if it’s a person that I typically trust. If I only hear one side then I have no idea of context or perspective to make a judgement.

        The left’s refuting of the memo, along with the FBI, is not the same as their official rebuttal!

        • Andrew Mason

          In how many political debates are all sides given time to present their views?

          • Concerned Christian

            as far as i’ve ever heard the majority releases a majority report and if the minority disagrees they release a minority report.

            It’s no different then when the supreme court issues a majority opinion and those that disagree issue a dissenting opinion.

            in this case, the majority released cherry picked classified information that Trump is now saying exonerates him. Both democrats and the FBI are saying that we don’t have the full picture. Either they’re lying or telling the truth. The one thing I know for a fact is that we don’t know.

            There in lies the issue.

          • Andrew Mason

            Information that both the Democrats and FBI agreed to. Neither wanted to release any information and thus maintain the slime of Trump. Effectively this is the rebuttal.

          • Concerned Christian

            Democrats and FBI did not want to release any report. But when it became clear that republicans would release a report, democrats wanted to release a rebuttal.

            Are you saying that we now have the full story and that there’s no need to challenge the findings? that we now have the gospel truth and we can drop the investigation?

    • Sylvain_A

      Of course, it’s not a problem that this US citizen is working for an enemy government at the same he was working for a presidential campaign

  • Hmmm…

    I don’t know what’s more disturbing, the verification of the serious breaches in the agency or the amazing hyper spin coming from the left. There’s a feeling I can’t put a name to yet when this resistance and obstruction from them is shown. It’s so unsettling how much they have hardened themselves, some sold out to do and say anything to advance their quest for power.

  • Chip Crawford

    Poor Mr. Schiff. We’ve just learned that if he continues his weaselly behavior, he’s in danger of not being eligible to have a street named after him!

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