Democratic Rep. Adam Schiff (CA) accused Republicans of altering a GOP memo, that allegedly shows FBI surveillance abuses, before they sent the memo to the White House without getting the changes approved by the committee.
In what ended up being a last-ditch effort to prevent the memo’s release, Schiff, who is a member of the House Intelligence Committee, made the accusations late Wednesday shortly after the White House revealed Trump would soon release the memo.
Schiff tweeted what appeared to be a bombshell:
Schiff claimed that Republicans had “secretly altered” the memo as he continued to claim that the memo had “profound distortions and inaccuracies” — despite the fact that multiple senior-level FBI officials who reviewed the memo within the last two days “could not point to any factual inaccuracies.”
There’s just one problem with Schiff’s story: It appears to be overblown, deceptive, and a desperate attempt to stop the memo from going public.
Byron York, a columnist for the Washington Examiner, spoke with sources on the committee who gave insight into the changes that were supposedly made to the memo. York tweeted: “Just talked with House Intel source. Said total changes to memo were: A) Unknown number of ‘grammatical and clarifying’ fixes. B) One change requested by FBI due to sources & methods concerns. C) One two-word change requested by Democrats for accuracy.”
York continued to throw water on Schiff’s alarmism, tweeting: “On FBI-requested change to House Intel memo, remember that Nunes showed memo to Wray on Sunday, to two FBI officials on Monday, and WH showed to five more FBI officials on Tuesday. Not shocking that change would be made to address FBI concerns.”
In a separate tweet, Schiff accused Nunes of acting for “partisan political purposes” and warned that he “crossed a dangerous line” and was risking an all-out “constitutional crisis and another Saturday Night Massacre.”
Schiff’s ridiculous allegations are the height of hypocrisy for the Democratic Party.
The Democratic National Committee and Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign paid millions of dollars for a politically-motivated dossier on then-candidate Donald Trump. They used a firm, Fusion GPS, that hired a former British spy, Christopher Steele, to gather dirt on Trump using contacts inside Russia. The dossier, which is salacious in nature and is almost completely unverified, was allegedly used to obtain a FISA warrant under the Obama administration from a secret court to spy on the Trump campaign.