Democrat says release of Nunes memo is an attempt to ‘circle the wagons around the White House’

Rep. Adam Schiff, the ranking Democrat on the House Intelligence Committee, blasted the release of a memo from Rep. Devin Nunes, the Republican chairman of the committee.

The memo purports to show abuses by the Department of Justice (DOJ) in obtaining authorization to surveil Carter Page, a former campaign aide to President Donald Trump, as part of the investigation into ties between Trump’s campaign and Russian officials.

Schiff said that the memo was a partisan attempt to undermine the investigation in an attempt to protect Trump and other members of the campaign and did not include key information from the DOJ and FBI.

“The sole purpose of the Republican document is to circle the wagons around the White House and insulate the President,” Schiff said in a statement after the memo’s release. “Tellingly, when asked whether the Republican staff who wrote the memo had coordinated its drafting with the White House, the Chairman refused to answer.”

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