Wait.. Did Rep. Adam Schiff Include Classified Information in Letter Slamming FISA Memo?
Legal experts are weighing in after Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA) may have included classified information in his Friday press release rebuking the FISA abuse memo.
As the Washington Examiner’s Steven Nelson noted, the California Democrat “cited two specific examples of alleged inaccuracies,” in the memo.
The President’s decision to publicly release a misleading memo attacking DOJ & FBI is a transparent attempt to discredit these institutions and undermine Mueller’s probe.
We'll fight to release our classified response. Until then here's a glimpse at what's wrong with their memo: pic.twitter.com/HX0J6UtDLY
— Adam Schiff (@RepAdamSchiff) February 2, 2018
“The Majority suggests that the FBI failed to alert the court as to Mr. Steele’s potential political motivations or the political motivations of those who hired him, but this is not accurate,” Schiff said in a statement.
“The GOP memo also claims that a Yahoo News article was used to corroborate Steele, but this is not at all why the article was referenced,” added the California Democrat.
Washington Examiner reports:
Steven Aftergood, director of the government secrecy project at the Federation of American Scientists, said it’s possible those refutations reveal classified information.
“In the abstract they could be problematic since they go beyond the official public record” in describing classified documents, he said. “But under current circumstances, it is hard for me to imagine anyone objecting.” […]
Mark Zaid, an attorney who has worked many national defense cases dealing with the handling of classified information, also said it’s possible the Schiff release reveals classified information.
“At first blush I would have some concerns about the details in this statement as to whether it crosses a classification line, but it is possible Rep. Schiff, having had access to the underlying classified information, knows these points are in unclassified paragraphs,” Zaid said. “So much of these back and forths about the memo are in a gray area on classification.”
Democrats have fought hard to paint the memo as a hyper-partisan piece of propaganda aimed at discrediting the ‘Trump-Russia’ collusion investigation. Nobody worked harder to keep the memo classified than Schiff.
Schiff’s position on the memo has been nothing short of “Schiffty,” having first branded the memo nothing more than Republican propaganda, then claiming the document shouldn’t be made public because Americans wouldn’t understand it, to announcing House Intelligence Democrats would be releasing a “counter-memo.”
Today, the White House pledged to assist the Democrats with “oversight requests,” pertaining to their “counter-memo.”
.@PressSec says memo declassified by POTUS "raises serious concerns about the integrity of decisions made at the highest levels of the Department of Justice & the FBI to use the Government’s most intrusive surveillance tools against American citizens." https://t.co/RoMeL4VUkh pic.twitter.com/RUr5kKFUGs
— CBS News (@CBSNews) February 2, 2018
As The Gateway Pundit’s Jim Hoft reported, the Democrats are planning to vote on releasing the “counter-memo,” on Monday.