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Sen. Collins: Memo Release Didn't Address 'Legitimate Concerns'

Sen. Collins: Memo Release Didn't Address 'Legitimate Concerns'
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By    |   Friday, 02 February 2018 05:29 PM

One Republican lawmaker was not celebrating the Friday release of a GOP memo that discussed surveillance on the Trump campaign.

Sen. Susan Collins, R-Maine, released a statement that seemingly expressed her disappointment with how the memo written by Rep. Devin Nunes, R-Calif., was declassified and made public.

"Prior to the release of this memo by the House Intelligence Committee, the Justice Department and the FBI raised serious and genuine concerns about the implications for our national security and stated that the memo omits key facts that 'fundamentally impact the memo's accuracy.' It does not appear that any redactions or revisions were made to satisfy these legitimate concerns," Collins said.

"Oversight of the intelligence community, the FISA process, and this investigation are far too important to be tarnished by partisanship. When the Senate Intelligence Committee released a controversial report some years ago, we spent months meeting with the intelligence community to redact sensitive information.

"We also simultaneously voted on a bipartisan basis to release a rebuttal from the CIA and minority views, which were Republican views at that time. This model of bipartisanship and careful vetting would have been a far better way to proceed."

The Nunes memo talked about how the Department of Justice obtained a highly classified FISA warrant in October 2016 to spy on Trump campaign foreign policy adviser Carter Page.

Some Republicans cheered the memo's release, saying it shows the roots of a conspiracy against President Donald Trump. Others said the document highlights issues involving government surveillance on U.S. citizens visa the FISA process.

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