The House Intelligence Committee released on Saturday a redacted version of a Democrat-authored memo intended to rebut GOP allegations that federal law enforcement agencies used politically-biased information to conduct surveillance on one of the president’s former campaign aides.
In their now-public retort, Democrats charge that the GOP unfairly attempted to malign the FBI and the Justice Department for including information from the author of a now-famous dossier alleging President Trump had ties to Russian officials in an application to surveil Carter Page, one of Trump’s former campaign advisers.
GOP leaders had argued that Page was unfairly targeted because the information from the dossier’s author, former British spy Christopher Steele, was never presented to the surveillance court as having been paid for by Democrats.
But according to the Democrats’ memo, Page’s Russia ties had already captured the attention of federal law enforcement agencies. The FBI interviewed Page about his “Russian intelligence contacts” in March of 2016, the memo states — the same month he was named as a Trump campaign adviser, and months before Steele as hired to conduct research on Trump or first made contact with the FBI.
Needless to say, this is the worst act of McCarthyism since Maxine Waters’s brutal assault against Michael Tracey.