House Intelligence Committee ranking member Adam Schiff said Sunday which the Republican memo about alleged FBI misconduct would not vindicate President Donald Trump.
"Of course not in any way," Schiff (D-Calif.) told George Stephanopoulos on ABC’s "This Week."
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"Exactly what the memo indicates is a investigation didn’t get started with Carter Page, it genuinely began with George Papadopoulos, someone who was really a foreign policy adviser for candidate Trump and a person who was meeting secretly while using Russians and talking about the stolen Clinton e-mails," Schiff said.
"So quite on the contrary, even this very flawed memo demonstrates just what origin of the investigation was and that origin involved the situation of collusion."
President Mr . trump, who approved the release on the memo created by Rep. Devin Nunes (R-Calif.) along with other GOP lawmakers, tweeted Saturday the memo "totally vindicates ‘Trump’ in probe." The document contains allegations on how top FBI and Justice Department officials were allegedly not forthcoming around the usage of Christopher Steele’s dossier into their FISA request to spy on Trump campaign foreign policy adviser Carter Page.
Pointing that the Nunes previously came under fire for working too closely with all the White House on classified matters, Schiff speculated the fact that Republican’s staffers might have coordinated the entire memo process while using White House.
"I feel it is rather possible his staff helped the White House and coordinated the complete effort with all the White House," Schiff said.
Schiff and other Democrats, along with some conservatives, have slammed Nunes for pushing to produce the previously classified information. The California Democrat known as document a "political hit job" and warned that could do long-term problems for the intelligence community.
"Sources definitely will dry as a result of what the Republicans over the committee are doing now," Schiff said. "There exists a compact between our community along with the intelligence community, you allow us your deeply held secrets and we will hold them in good confidence and does not abuse them."