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Reince Priebus: Dem Memo Shows Politics Key to FBI Warrant

Reince Priebus: Dem Memo Shows Politics Key to FBI Warrant
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By    |   Monday, 26 February 2018 01:29 PM

The Democratic rebuttal memos released this weekend about the methods the FBI used to obtain a surveillance warrant on former Trump campaign aide Carter Page shows the depth of politics that was involved, former White House Chief of Staff Reince Priebus said Monday.

"Certainly, I agree with the president, this is politics at its highest level," Priebus, also a former Republican National Committee chairman, told Fox News' "Fox & Friends." "One thing no one can debate is that politics played a role, and when politics plays a role at the DOJ, I think it creates problems."

Inserting politics in "such a blatant way" erodes the trust the public has in the DOJ and in law enforcement, Priebus continued,

According to the Republican memo, a salacious dossier, commissioned in part by Hillary Clinton's 2016 campaign and the Democratic National Party was used to obtain a Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act warrant against Page, without the court being told who had paid for the document.

Democrats, in a memo released on Saturday, said the FBI and Department of Justice did not act improperly in obtaining the search warrant.

"Whether you're a Republican or Democrat watching this right now, you cannot escape the fact politics itself at highest level, the DNC paying for research on [President] Donald Trump on a dossier that is totally untrue played a role in this investigation in some way," said Priebus. "Whatever that way is something that we need to figure out and find out who was involved and why they were involved."

Priebus Monday also commented on the guilty plea entered by former deputy campaign manager Rick Gates last week in connection with Robert Mueller's investigation into Russian meddling, saying that he was not on the campaign himself and doesn't know the extent of Gates' involvement.

"I never saw the president engaged in discussions regarding Russia or you know data, nothing, none of it," said Priebus. "I believe the president, when he says that he has got nothing to do with Russia. He is empathic, but it really bothers him. If you're being accused of something and you're the president, obviously he takes it personally. I don't blame him for it."

Priebus also talked about the upcoming midterms, including comments made by members of Congress calling for President Trump's impeachment.

On his election day, Trump had a 37 percent rating, said Priebus, but now his ratings are much better.

"When you look at what the president has accomplished, and you look at his decisions, things are going very, very well and so, ultimately that is what people in these moderate districts that are in play are going to judge these elections on."

Further, he said, Trump's comments, such as ones made toward North Korea, are not grounds for impeachment.

"It going back to the voters they are, do they want chaos and turmoil like that in Washington, daily soap opera on steroid or not?" said Priebus, adding that voters usually want less drama and more action.

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The Democratic rebuttal memos released this weekend about the methods the FBI used to obtain a surveillance warrant on former Trump campaign aide Carter Page shows the depth of politics that was involved, former White House Chief of Staff Reince Priebus said...
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