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House GOP to Continue Dossier Probe Without Memos

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By    |   Friday, 09 February 2018 10:16 AM

Republicans in the House of Representatives say they will not use memos as they continue to probe accusations of  FBI surveillance abuse, The Washington Post reported Friday.

The GOP leaders are ending the use of memos as a means to provide information to the public, as lawmakers in both parties expressed dissatisfaction, the newspaper noted.

Rep. Thomas J. Rooney, R-Fla., senior member of the  House Intelligence Committee, told the newspaper that "in a normal world" the committee would have interviewed Justice Department officials that approved the surveillance warrant against a then-Donald Trump campaign aide, Carter Page.

"Instead, we do a memo. And now the Democrats are doing their memo, and we're in memo hell," Rooney told the Post.

The Republican-drafted four-page memo contained allegations that Justice Department officials approved a surveillance warrant against Page based on information from a dossier that alleged ties between Trump and Russia. A Democratic rebuttal to that memo, which has not been released, is 10 pages long, the Post noted.

"I said from the beginning that neither of these memos should have been written. I'm all for transparency, but this whole exercise is transparently partisan," Rep. Charlie Dent. R-Pa., told the newspaper.

Many Republicans speculate that Nunes using a politically one-sided memo to deliver classified details could end the possibility of bipartisanship on a committee that has been at odds since its investigation began into Russian meddling in the 2016 elections.

"I don't like partisan memos… The best way to have what happened explained is by some independent group like the IG (Inspector General) of the FBI or Mr. (Robert) Mueller," Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., told the Post.

Democrats have said that Nunes has stifled their requests to get more information on Russia and Trump, such as sitting on requests for subpoenas, phone records, CNN reported.

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