(National Sentinel) Unpatriotic Games: Rep. Adam Schiff, the ranking minority member of the House Intelligence Committee, has admitted that a Democratic memo he authored as a response to the FISA memo recently released by his Republican counterparts did contain sensitive “methods and sources” and thus needed to be scrubbed before release.
As reported by The Daily Caller:
White House problems with the Democrats’ “rebuttal memo” on the surveillance of Trump associates are genuine and the document could disclose “sources and methods,” California Rep. Adam Schiff, the ranking Democrat on the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence confirmed.
“We need to go through that and identify that which remains classified and would implicate sources and methods or investigative interests,” he said at a newsmaker’s breakfast meeting on Wednesday sponsored by the Christian Science Monitor.
That admission was a direct rebuke of previous statements made by the House Democratic leader, Nancy Pelosi of California, who has previously claimed that President Donald J. Trump and Republicans were playing politics by refusing to release the Democratic response to the FISA memo, the latter of which detailed serial abuses of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court by Obama-era FBI and Justice Department officials in order to spy on Trump campaign figures.
White House counsel Don McGahn said in a statement Friday that Trump was “inclined” but “unable” to declassify the Democrat’s 10-page memo because it “contains numerous properly classified and especially sensitive passages,” as reported by Politico.
Following McGahn’s statement, Pelosi issued one of her own saying, President Trump’s refusal to release Intelligence Committee Democrats’ memo is a stunningly brazen attempt to cover up the truth about the Trump-Russia scandal from the American people.”
Democrats continue to push the “Trump-Russia collusion” narrative despite a lack of evidence, and after nearly two years’ worth of investigating by Congress and the Justice Department.
“I’ve never said there was proof beyond a reasonable doubt” about collusion, Schiff told reporters. “Our responsibility is not determining what can be proved to a jury beyond a reasonable doubt. Our responsibility is to tell the country as much as we’ve been able to learn.”
Yet, in the same presser sponsored by the Christian Science Monitor, Schiff indeed said there is “ample evidence” of collusion.
“There is already, in my view, ample evidence in the public domain on the issue of collusion if you’re willing to see it,” he said. “If you want to blind yourself, then you can look the other way.”
Schiff has been implicated by Trump administration officials and others in Congress as responsible for leaking sensitive material to friendly media outlets.
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