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Monumental Nunes Memo Released – Read the Full Text

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The “Nunes Memo,” overseen by Chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, Representative Devin Nunes (R-CA), has been declassified by the White House and released to the People. It details allegations that paint a picture not only of corruption and serious misconduct on the part of the Hilllary campaign and the Democratic National Committee, but also of a grave abuse of power and violation of public trust involving the Department of Justice and the FBI.

As Kimberley Strassel of the Wall Street Journal Tweeted, “We now know how right [President Trump] was to declassify the Memo. It shows FBI used a partisan campaign document to get a warrant to spy on a rival campaign. And shows the FBI omitted crucial information from a FISA court. No spin can change those basic facts.”

With talks of more memos yet to be released, it is possible that we’ve only seen the tip of the iceberg.

Read the full text right here:

The Honorable Devin Nunes
Chairman, House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence
United States Capitol
Washington, DC 20515

Dear Mr. Chairman:

On January 29, 2018, the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence (hereinafter “the Committee”) voted to disclose publicly a memorandum containing classified information provided to the Committee in connection with its oversight activities (the “Memorandum,” which is attached to this letter). As provided by clause 1l(g) of Rule X of the House of Representatives, the Committee has forwarded this Memorandum to the President based on its determination that the release of the Memorandum would serve the public interest.

The Constitution vests the President with the authority to protect national security secrets from disclosure. As the Supreme Court has recognized, it is the President’s responsibility to classify, declassify, and control access to information bearing on our intelligence sources and methods and national defense. See, e.g., Dep ‘t of Navy v. Egan, 484 U.S. 518,527 (1988). In order to facilitate appropriate congressional oversight, the Executive Branch may entrust classified information to the appropriate committees of Congress, as it has done in connection with the Committee’s oversight activities here. The Executive Branch does so on the assumption that the Committee will responsibly protect such classified information, consistent with the laws of the United States.

The Committee has now determined that the release of the Memorandum would be appropriate. The Executive Branch, across Administrations of both parties, has worked to accommodate congressional requests to declassify specific materials in the public interest.1  However, public release of classified information by unilateral action of the Legislative Branch is extremely rare and raises significant separation of powers concerns. Accordingly, the Committee’s request to release the Memorandum is interpreted as a request for declassification pursuant to the President’s authority.

The President understands that the protection of our national security represents his highest obligation. Accordingly, he has directed lawyers and national security staff to assess the declassification request, consistent with established standards governing the handling of classified information, including those under Section 3.l(d) of Executive Order 13526. Those standards permit declassification when the public interest in disclosure outweighs any need to protect the information. The White House review process also included input from the Office of the Director of National Intelligence and the Department of Justice. Consistent with this review and these standards, the President has determined that declassification of the Memorandum is appropriate.

Based on this assessment and in light of the significant public interest in the memorandum, the President has authorized the declassification of the Memorandum. To be clear, the Memorandum reflects the judgments of its congressional authors. The President understands that oversight concerning matters related to the Memorandum may be continuing. Though the circumstances leading t0 the declassification through this process are extraordinary, the Executive Branch stands ready to work with Congress to accommodate oversight requests consistent with applicable standards and processes, including the need to protect intelligence sources and methods.

Sincerely,

Donald F. McGahn II
Counsel to the President

CC:
The Honorable Paul Ryan
Speaker of the House of Representatives

The Honorable Adam Schiff
Ranking Member, House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence

1 See, e.g., S. Rept. 114-8 at 12 (Administration of Barack Obama) (“On April 3, 2014 … the Committee agreed to send the revised Findings and Conclusions, and the updated Executive Summary of the Committee Study, to the President for declassification and public release.”); H. Rept. 107-792 (Administration of George W. Bush) (similar); E.O. 12812 (Administration of George H.W. Bush) (noting Senate resolution requesting that President provide for declassification of certain information via Executive Order).

Original Copy of Memo

UNCLASSIFIED

Declassifed by order of the President February 2, 2018

January 18, 2018

To: HPSCI Majority Members
From: HPSCI Majority Staff
Subject: Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act Abuses at the Department of Justice and the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

Purpose

This memorandum provides Members an update on significant facts relating to the Committee’s ongoing  investigation into the Department of Justice (DOJ) and Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and their use of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) during the 2016 presidential election cycle. Our findings, which are detailed below, 1) raise concerns with the legitimacy and legality of certain DOJ and FBI interactions with the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court (FISC), and 2) represent a troubling breakdown of legal processes established to protect the American people from abuses related to the FISA process.

Investigation Update

On October 21, 2016, DOJ and FBI sought and received a ISA probable cause order (not under Title VII) authorizing electronic surveillance on Carter Page from the FISC. Page is a US citizen who served as a volunteer advisor to the Trump presidential campaign. Consistent with requirements under FISA, the application had to be first certified by the Director or Deputy Director of the FBI. It then required the approval of the Attorney General, Deputy Attorney General (DAG), or the Senate-confirmed Assistant Attorney General for the National Security Division.

The FBI and DOJ obtained one initial FISA warrant targeting Carter Page and three FISA renewals from the FISC. As required by statute (50 U.S.C. §1805(d)(1)), a FISA order on an American citizen must be renewed by the FISC every 90 days and each renewal requires a separate finding of probable cause. Then-Director James Comey signed three FISA applications in question on behalf of the FBI, and Deputy Director Andrew McCabe signed one. Sally Yates, then-Acting DAG Dana Boente, and DAG Rod Rosenstein each signed one or more FISA applications on behalf of DOJ.

Due to the sensitive nature of foreign intelligence activity, FISA submissions (including renewals) before the FISC are classified. As such, the public’s confidence in the integrity of the FISA process depends on the court’s ability to hold the government to the highest standard— particularly as it relates to surveillance of American citizens. However, the rigor in protecting the rights of Americans, which is reinforced by 90-day renewals of surveillance orders, is necessarily dependent on the government’s production to the court of all material and relevant facts. This should include information potentially favorable to the target of the FISA application that is known by the government. In the case of Carter Page, the government had at least four independent opportunities before the FISC to accurately provide an accounting of the relevant facts. However, our findings indicate that, as described below, material and relevant information was omitted.

  1. 1) The “dossier” compiled by Christopher Steele (Steele dossier) on behalf of the Democratic National Committee (DNC) and the Hillary Clinton campaign formed an essential part of the Carter Page FISA application. Steele was a longtime FBI source who was paid over $160,000 by the DNC and Clinton campaign, via the law firm Perkins Coie and research firm Fusion GPS, to obtain derogatory information on Donald Trump’s ties to Russia.
    • Neither the initial application in October 2016, nor any of the renewals, disclose or reference the role of the DNC, Clinton campaign, or any party/campaign in funding Steele’s efforts, even though the political origins of the Steele dossier were then known to senior and FBI officials.
    • The initial FISA application notes Steele was working for a named U.S. person, but does not name Fusion GPS and principal Glenn Simpson, who was paid by a U.S. law firm (Perkins Coie) representing the DNC (even though it was known by DOJ at the time that political actors were involved with the Steele dossier). The application does not mention Steele was ultimately working on behalf of—and paid by—the DNC and Clinton campaign, or that the FBI had separately authorized payment to Steele for the same information.
  2. The Carter Page FISA application also cited extensively a September 23, 2016, Yahoo News article by Michael Isikoff, which focuses on Page’s July 2016 trip to Moscow. This article does not corroborate the Steele dossier because it is derived from information leaked by Steele himself to Yahoo News. The Page FISA application incorrectly assesses that Steele did not directly provide information to Yahoo News. Steele has admitted in British court filings that he met with Yahoo News—and several other outlets—in September 2016 at the direction of Fusion GPS. Perkins Coie was aware of Steele’s initial media contacts because they hosted at least one meeting in Washington D.C. in 2016 with Steele and Fusion GPS where this matter was discussed.
    • Steele was suspended and then terminated as an FBI source for what the FBI defines as the most serious of violations—an unauthorized disclosure to the media of his relationship with the FBI in an October 30, 2016, Mother Jones article by David Corn. Steele should have been terminated for his previous undisclosed contacts with Yahoo and other outlets in September—before the Page application was submitted to the FISC in October—but Steele improperly concealed from and lied to the FBI about those contacts.
    • Steele’s numerous encounters with the media violated the cardinal rule of source handling—maintaining confidentiality—and demonstrated that Steele had become a less than reliable source for the FBI.
  3. Before and after Steele was terminated as a source, he maintained contact with DOJ via then-Associate Deputy Attorney General Bruce Ohr, a senior DOJ official who worked closely with Deputy Attorneys General Yates and later Rosenstein. Shortly after the election, the FBI began interviewing Ohr, documenting his communications with Steele. For example, in September 2016, Steele admitted to Ohr his feelings against then-candidate Trump when Steele said he “was desperate that Donald Trump not get elected and was passionate about him not, being president.” This clear evidence of Steele’s bias was recorded by Ohr at the time and subsequently in official FBI files—but not reflected in any of the Page FISA applications.
    • During this same time period, Ohr’s wife was employed by Fusion GPS to assist in the cultivation of opposition research on Trump. Ohr later provided the FBI with all of his wife’s opposition research, paid for by the DNC and Clinton campaign via Fusion GPS. The Ohrs’ relationship with Steele and Fusion GPS was inexplicably concealed from the FISC.
  4. According to the head of the FBI’s counterintelligence division, Assistant Director Bill Priestap, corroboration of the Steele dossier was in its “infancy” at the time of the initial Page FISA application. After Steele was terminated, a source validation report conducted by an independent unit within FBI assessed Steele’s reporting as only minimally corroborated. Yet, in early January 2017, Director Comey briefed President-elect Trump on a summary of the Steele dossier, even though it was—according to his June 2017 testimony—”salacious and unverified.” While the FISA application relied on Steele’s past record of credible reporting on other unrelated matters, it ignored or concealed his anti-Trump financial and ideological motivations. Furthermore, Deputy Director McCabe testified before the Committee in December 2017 that no surveillance warrant would have been sought from the FISC without the Steele dossier information.
  5. The Page FISA application also mentions information regarding fellow Trump campaign advisor George Papadopoulos, but there is no evidence of any cooperation or conspiracy between Page and Papadopoulos. The Papadopoulos information triggered the opening of an FBI counterintelligence investigation in late July 2016 by FBI agent Pete Strzok. Strzok was reassigned by the Special Counsel’s Office to FBI Human Resources for improper text messages with his mistress, FBI Attorney Lisa Page (no known relation to Carter Page), where they both demonstrated a clear bias against Trump and in favor of Clinton, whom Strzok had also investigated. The Strzok/Lisa Page texts also reflect extensive discussions about the investigation, orchestrating leaks to the media, and include a meeting with Deputy Director McCabe to discuss an “insurance” policy against President Trump’s election.

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Scottar
3 years ago

It’s obvious to me that the Obama-Clinton deep state wanted to derail the Trump momentum during the election. Now they want to justify impeachment proceedings. The excuse is the Steel dossier as enabled by the Clinton- Obama deep state and sanctioned by the deep-deep state.

Obama could not let the Hillary emails come to light as it would show his involvement of the whole affair so Hillary was essentially pardoned of her crimes by a very corrupt Comey. Mueller is also linked to this cartel of corruption in not so obvious ways.

The bottom line is the Elites do not like Trump and Hillary was their bag lady in secession to the Obama regime.

Thomas Haj
3 years ago

As illegal and appalling this all is, all the perpetrators will walk and the contents of this memo will be called phony or worse due to the simple fact that the left controls the means of communication, aka the “unbiased” media. What are conservatives gaining by refusing to take back the media and put a final nail in the coffin of the deep state?

Marj
3 years ago

So when are the arrests going to start?????

William oakes
3 years ago

Democrats need to be in fox hole just once!

William oakes
3 years ago

Democrats need to be in “foxhole” just once!

Bob K
3 years ago

This doesn’t even touch the Clinton email cover up and obstruction of justice in her investigation. Nor is there any link to the Russian theft of the US uranium for a Clinton Foundation payoff. And just this memo and its narrow scope inflamed the Democrats ? There is so much more to go. Trump and Sessions need to go to the mat on all these violations. Clinton and the FBI are caught and all need to be bankrupted and sent to prison.

Jerry
3 years ago

THANK YOU to all who have posted comments that demonstrate healthy critical thinking about the Deep State Sewer created by Elitists of both parties, and particularly the irresponsible, under-handed actions of the insanely Leftist Democrat Party of today. While serious people who love our country recognize the stunningly corrupt actions of Hyper-partisans in the DOJ and FBI and are taking them to task in such comments, let us not forget that the Mainstream Media (aka SCUM as President Trump labeled that disgusting entity)…is the KEY ENABLER that allows lots of Liberal La-La’s to persist in seriously deluded thinking. During the Watergate Hearings of the early 70’s, the media accomplished a bloodless coup against a President (Nixon) and have been insane with power ever since. The Media Autocrats actually consider themselves to be the REAL power that runs the country! Cited by the late-great Paul Harvey, stealthy research from way back in 1982 exposed that fact, and to say it has gotten horrifically worse is an understatement. The Mainstream Media IDIOTS actually believe that THEY should choose our President, NOT you! With the news/propaganda TV Networks an obvious and major part of the Deep-State-Media Complex, please consider exposing and holding them accountable whenever you can. Thanks again for your patriotism and your well-thought comments!

Tony B.
3 years ago

Talk about drain the swamp! Many people should be going to jail and a broad investigation should be launched to start unearthing the unreported corruption from the “Hussein” regime.

Kim
3 years ago

Declassified on Groundhog Day. How appropriate. Now that this memo shines in the daylight, I can’t wait to see what springs forth from this revelation. A few prison sentences, I hope.

William Higgs
3 years ago

“We cannot expect Americans to jump from capitalism to communism, but we can assist their elected leaders in giving Americans small doses of socialism until they suddenly awake to find they have communism”. Nakita Khrushchev–1960. What do you think has been happening in America?

Dick Albright
3 years ago

Gee, isn’t that the same ‘dossier’ that my fellow airman (twd) John McCain carried around for a few days before passing it to Comey . . . ?

kay
3 years ago

Many of you may not know, but in the State House, I am sad to say that overwhelmingly Republicans are voting FOR an Art V. Convention. I write to these legislators many times when they are in session. An Art V Convention is so dangerous on so many levels, I cannot begin to tell you. I read through the comments and saw where several mention “losing our country”. If we lose our Constitution, we will have lost our country. I certainly admire President Trump, but am skeptical about “republicans” from what I have seen. An Art. V Convention, not too long ago, was a “far LEFT” endeavor and never got traction. I am here to report to you that it has MEGA traction now. Convention of states (COS) now has 28 states and are aggressively going after Idaho at the moment. It takes just 34 states to apply for Congress to call a convention. After it is called, and you don’t like what is going on, according to the constitution, it will be TOO late. You cannot close Pandora’s box.
Please, if any of you are interested, call your state representatives and ask they vote against an ART V. Con. And if they have voted for one, ask them to introduce a bill of rescission. I know the memo is out there and well it should be, but this is going on without the informed constitutional knowledge of most people and it is NOT PRETTY. i

PaulE
3 years ago
Reply to  kay

A few years back when the membership posting on AMAC was mostly made up of constitutional or fiscal conservatives, there were lengthy discussions on the dangers of the proposed COS. Yes the left has been pushing for a COS as a means to shred the Constitution since the early 1960’s. Fastest way to eliminate all the restraints on what the government can’t legally do to the people. In the 1970’s, they dressed up the message with vague conservative-like sounding goals of “balanced budget amendment” to mask the goal of incorporating automatic tax hikes into the Constitution, if annual attempts at spending restraints failed. Which of course they always would, since the politicians knew tax hikes would be automatically instituted to cover any increased spending. The proponents on the left continued to dress up their COS proposals sdding new conservative sounding amendments until the started getting some Republican buy-in. That is when, starting in the 1990’s, that the Soros front groups began to really push the idea of COS hard. So yes, a COS in practice would be very dangerous, as emphasis would be stressed on “compromise” with all parties, meaning the left that would have seats at the table. So the end result wouldn’t be the conservative dream many have been pitched.

Anyway, almost all fiscal and constitutional conservatives have since left this site after it became readily apparent AMAC was not the conservative organization it advertizes itself to be. Today any discussion of a COS would be warmly welcomed by the majority of current members. Populism has replaced constitutional conservatism, which if course is a bad thing here but never the less the reality of the current AMAC membership.

Elena Tellez
3 years ago

How many of you are old enough to remember Julius and Ethel Rosenberg –convicted of treason — and executed by electric chair? We need to strongly define sedition and treason and stiffen our penalties. The enemy has been in our midst for a very long time — gradually undermining everything, especially our school kids. This has to stop before America,as we knew it, is a thing of the past. The Trump administration has so much work to do — and they need to crush the opposition in Congress.

PaulE
3 years ago
Reply to  Elena Tellez

That was the 1950’s when both socialism and communism were still considered unacceptable and a threat to American freedom and individual rights. It was also a time when rule of law meant something and wasn’t just an empty catch phrase to be spoken at TV photo ops. Today socialism and communism are not only considered cool by young people, but preferable over capitalism as that is what their left wing teachers have indoctrinated them to accept. The left has been highly successful in dumbing down a significant portion of the population over the last 50 years. The term useful idiots is now applicable to mostbof them. They are ready to surrender their rights and freedoms to whomever promises them free college, free phones, free basic income, etc. Effectively morons who will vote for socialism on command.

As for rule of law, that no longer applies if you are high enough up in the government or know the right people. Rule of law today just applies to us little people. Proof is did anyone go to jail over Benghazi? No. Did anyone go to jail over the IRS scandal or Holder’s fast and furious gun running scandal? No. How about Hillary’s e-mail or Uranium One scandals? No again. I could go on, but you hopefully get the idea. If you or I had been involved in any of these, we would have already been convicted and be sitting in a federal prison for 10 or 20 years.

As for Trump crushing the opposition in Congress, are you referring to the Democrats or members of the Republican Party who also want President Trump to fail? The President can’t even get a Republican Congress to approve the over 100 senior position nominees awaiting approval since January 2017. Most of the people in senior level positions in most of the federal agencies or departments are holdovers from the Obama and Clinton administrations.

John Felter
3 years ago

Clean the Swamp and Swamp Rats like Rep.Booker and Rep. Carson!

Veteran
3 years ago

The weaponization of government agencies by one political party against another is the hallmark symptom of a communist dictatorship and police state. The question here is not just what will be done about this ‘Deep State’ but how long can a constitutional Republic afford to do nothing about one party that actively seeks its destruction, has no intention to keep its oath to ‘uphold and defend the Constitution of the United States of America.’ The Weimar Republic of 1920s Germany had one of the most libertarian constitutions in history but a lack of defense is what led to its destruction by communist socialist and national socialist hordes. Can we afford to have those who seek the destruction of our form of government, participate in the very same government and gain access to office where they can sabotage it? We need a new special counsel to investigate the full extent of this conspiracy including the current special counsel and following the investigation charges and indictments need to be brought in a public trial so the people of our country can regain confidence that we are still a nation of laws, and treason bears a price to be paid.

Robin Fulton
3 years ago
Reply to  Veteran

Amen! I agree whole heartedly with this post. Thank you for writing it.

WV Mike
3 years ago

The “24 Series” should be renewed, we are looking at 16 episodes here and as upsetting as the series was this also should be to all Americans regardless of party. We can’t drain the swamp fast enough for me. Not an original supporter of Trump, but I have become a stronger one everyday. My belief is that God has sent him to save the Republic from the cancer of the Fascism we have let takeover.

janet Cantor
3 years ago

If you watch Rachel Maddow, who seems to take the Steele Dossier as factual, the FISA warrants were not obtained to spy on Trump and his associates. They were for good reason because horrifying things were known about Trump and that’s why Steele was said to have been intent on not allowing Trump to become President. But if his worries were based on what was in the Dossier, which is known to be a fabrication and opposition research of the DNC and Hillary campaign, bought and paid for, then his basis is a lie. She mocks this whole business.
Also she says the Dossier was paid for by Republicans and does not mention the Hillary campaign as having anything to do with it.

I would like one program to show her arguments and refute them word by word.

PaulE
3 years ago
Reply to  janet Cantor

Why are you watching the Democrat News Network (MSNBC)? The network’s sole function is to promote the progressive agenda. If you are looking for either truthful reporting or thoughtful analysis of events, you are wasting your time watch anyone there.

Shirley H.
3 years ago

Now to clear the filth from devious practices, time for honesty, integrity and transparency to put us all back on track. People from all Countries may now also know it is possible to redirect the personal greed that swallows so many, so fast, when a bit of power and free money is personally tabbed from others. It IS a disgusting situation. Thank you to President Donald Trump and his supporting associates. The time taken amid the spears and arrows is a gift to the American people by a man that has put his life aside to fix the profound dispair and daily criminal applications of the takers. Bravo!

Top
3 years ago

Wow! Holy Sh__! When is the grand jury convening?

Joe Taylor
3 years ago

I actually listened and hit the record button for the “Rachel Maddow” show last night. I wanted to have it memorialized so that after the remaining 85-90% of the historical hit by the Democrat Party, The Media and all the BAD actors at the head of our Department of Justice and FBI hopefully are charged and convicted for the mess they have caused to our country. I’m leaving out the STATE department that was headed by Hillary Clinton & the lovely John Kerry. Listening to people like this Maddow character just boils my blood. I guess she just doesn’t care what has happened. This is only one of the so-called journalistic hosts of networks like MSNBC. Please call, write or email your GREAT congress people, Senators or even the Head of our Executive Department. Donald J. Trump has helped this country so much in the past year in the enviornment that he has had to endure; just think what could have been done if he didn’t have to worry about the “Witch Hunt”?

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