When the much-anticipated 'Nunes memo' was finally released last week, the document omitted an important detail in order to maintain its narrative of corruption among leadership at the FBI and Justice Department - a footnote in the FISA application for surveillance on Carter Page indicating the Steele dossier had political origins.
Now that Republicans are admitting the footnote exists, Rep. Devin Nunes (R-CA) maintains the footnote is also evidence of corruption.
Republican leaders are acknowledging that the FBI disclosed the political origins of a private dossier the bureau cited in an application to surveil former Trump campaign adviser Carter Page, undermining a controversial GOP memo released Friday and fueling Democratic demands to declassify more information about the bureau’s actions.
The Republican memo, orchestrated by Nunes, said no mention of the dossier's funding was present:
“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 memo alleged.
Republicans now admit that information regarding the origin of the Steele dossier existed in the application, but Nunes is claiming the footnote still proves bias within the FBI and DOJ:
"A footnote saying something may be political is a far cry from letting the American people know that the Democrats and the Hillary campaign paid for dirt that the FBI then used to get a warrant on an American citizen to spy on another campaign," Nunes said on "Fox & Friends."
White House spokesman Raj Shah said Monday that Trump will consider releasing a rebuttal memo crafted by the Democrats, which they say shows that Republicans cherrypicked information to achieve their desired narrative surrounding the FISA application, if the House Intelligence Committee votes to release it.
"If that memo is voted out and it comes to the White House we will consider it on the same terms we considered the Nunes memo — which is to allow for a legal review, national security review led by the White House Counsel’s Office, and then within five days the president will make a decision about declassifying it," Shah said.