A four-page GOP memo on the Russia investigation, also known as the “Nunes memo,” was released Friday. The document alleges that the FBI abused its surveillance authority when it sought a secret court order to monitor a former Trump campaign adviser.

The memo was created by the staff of House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes (R-Calif.). Democrats, the FBI and the Justice Department argued against the release.

A memo written by House Republicans led by

REP. DEVIN NUNES (R-CALIF.) alleges:

Obtained a warrant to surveil

FBI

CARTER

PAGE

With DOJ approval

from

Based on reports from

ROD J.

ROSENSTEIN

CHRISTOPHER STEELE

Reported an anti-Trump bias to

Was paid by

Fusion

GPS

Was paid by

DOJ

EMPLOYEE

BRUCE OHR

The memo says Ohr’s wife worked for

DNC

A memo written by House Republicans led by

REP. DEVIN NUNES (R-CALIF.) alleges:

JAMES B.

COMEY

Obtained a warrant to surveil

FBI

ANDREW

MCCABE

CARTER PAGE

With DOJ approval

from

After he was a

campaign

adviser for

Based on reports from

DONALD TRUMP

DANA

BOENTE

ROD J.

ROSENSTEIN

SALLY

YATES

Expressed an anti-Trump bias to

Was paid by

CHRISTOPHER STEELE

Worked for

the DOJ

The memo says Steele also shared his dossier with the media.

Fusion

GPS

BRUCE OHR

Was paid by

The memo says Ohr’s wife worked for

DNC

A memo written by House Republicans led by

REP. DEVIN NUNES (R-CALIF.) alleges:

JAMES B.

COMEY

Obtained a warrant to surveil

FBI

ANDREW

MCCABE

CARTER PAGE

Based on reports from

With DOJ approval

from

After he was a

campaign

adviser for

SALLY

YATES

DANA

BOENTE

ROD J.

ROSENSTEIN

DONALD TRUMP

Expressed an anti-Trump bias to

Was paid by

CHRISTOPHER STEELE

Worked for

the DOJ

The memo says Steele also shared his dossier with the media.

Fusion

GPS

Was paid by

BRUCE OHR

DNC

The memo says Ohr’s wife worked for

The memo alleges anti-Trump bias within the FBI

In September 2016, Christopher Steele – a former British intelligence agent who gathered the intelligence – told Bruce Ohr that he "was desperate that Donald Trump not get elected and was passionate about him not being president," the memo says. The memo also alleges that Steele leaked elements of the dossier to Yahoo News and that this media report was then improperly used as corroboration for the dossier in the application to the court.
In July 2016, FBI agent Peter Strzok opened the counterintelligence investigation involving the Trump campaign. He has since come under investigation for improper text messages with FBI attorney Lisa Page in which he indicated bias against Trump. Strzok had led a team that examined Hillary Clinton’s use of a private email server and later joined special counsel Robert S. Mueller III’s investigation. One Strzok text mentions a meeting with FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe and refers to an “insurance policy.’’ Republicans have seized on this as indicating FBI officials wanted to use the investigation to prevent Trump from being president; current and former officials say that’s not what Strzok meant.
Ohr's wife, Nellie Ohr, was employed by Fusion GPS to work on opposition research against Trump, the memo alleges, a relationship that was not disclosed to the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court.

But here’s some of what isn’t in the memo

In a statement Wednesday, the FBI said it has “grave concerns about material omissions of fact that fundamentally impact the memo's accuracy.” Here is some of the information that has previously been reported that did not appear in the memo.

Page, a businessman with an investment in Russian energy giant Gazprom, had been a person of interest to the FBI several years before then-candidate Trump named him as a foreign policy adviser and before the Steele dossier was created. Page alarmed several foreign policy experts in the summer of 2016 when he gave two speeches — one in Moscow — that were harshly critical of U.S. policy toward Russia. He praised Russian President Vladimir Putin and said a Trump presidency would be far better for U.S.-Russia relations.
The application to the secret court to surveil Page cited, among other items, contacts that Page had with a Russian intelligence operative in New York City in 2013, which had surfaced in an earlier case, U.S. officials said. It also said that Page had other contacts with Russian operatives that have not been publicly disclosed, according to the officials who spoke on the condition of anonymity to discuss sensitive matters.
Fusion GPS was hired by the Clinton campaign and the DNC during the general election. But during the Republican primaries, it had been employed by the Washington Free Beacon, a conservative website that receives financial support from a major GOP donor.
Nunes has long been a Trump supporter, and in April 2017, he was forced to step back from the Intelligence Committee’s investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election after he spoke publicly about classified foreign surveillance reports he viewed on White House grounds. An ethics investigation into him was later closed.
This is not the first time Trump and his allies in Congress have attacked the Russia investigation or those working on it. Trump fired FBI Director James B. Comey in May and said in an interview that he was thinking of “this Russia thing with Trump” when he made the decision to do so. Yates, who is also mentioned in the memo, was fired during her stint as acting attorney general when she refused to defend the president’s travel ban. The president, in private conversations at the White House, has also discussed firing Rosenstein, according to people familiar with those discussions.
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