CNN’s Chris Cuomo and Rep. Jim Jordan (R-Ohio) clashed heads on CNN in an intense segment over the GOP and Democratic memos from the House Intelligence Committee.
Rep. Jordan clung to the GOP’s insistence that intelligence officials that were against Trump were actively trying to use crude Trump-Russia dossier to obtain a warrant from the FISA court without being forthcoming about where the documents in question originated from.
“The FBI doing what they did, taking a campaign document, dressing it all up as legitimate intelligence and presenting it to a FISA court, a secret court to get a secret court to spy,” he said.
The memo released by the GOP states that FBI and DOJ officials used a piece of research from the opposition to try to apply for a warrant that would allow them to spy on the Trump campaign.
The Democrats have a countermemo, but conveniently enough Trump refused to declassify it, claiming that it would endanger “national security and law enforcement interests.”
Interestingly enough, the FISA application hasn’t been made public at this time, which Cuomo repeatedly touched on. He told Jordan, “you don’t know that’s what happened.”
“You do not know what happened in that FISA application,” he said. “You keep calling it secret court which is not fair to the American people.”
“I don’t understand why you’re willing to die on this hill, Jim Jordan,” Cuomo said. “This insatiable appetite to paint the FBI as dirty and trying to manipulate the election … it just reeks of false equivalency.”
That’s not the only controversy surrounding the memo, either.
California Rep. Adam Schiff (D) released a statement weeks ago claiming that House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes (R-Calif.) shared a “secretly altered” version of the Republican-created memo with President Trump that outlined alleged abusive power used by the United States surveillance community.
The changes, according to Schiff, were not approved by the full House Intelligence Committee, as is protocol.
“Discovered late tonight that Chairman Nunes made material changes to the memo he sent to White House – changes not approved by the Committee. White House therefore reviewing a document the Committee has not approved for release.” Schiff said in a tweet.
BREAKING: Discovered late tonight that Chairman Nunes made material changes to the memo he sent to White House – changes not approved by the Committee. White House therefore reviewing a document the Committee has not approved for release. pic.twitter.com/llhQK9L7l6
— Adam Schiff (@RepAdamSchiff) February 1, 2018
“This evening the Committee Minority discovered that the classified memorandum shared by the Committee Majority with the White House is not, in fact, the same document that Members of the House of Representatives have been reviewing since January 18, 2018 and that the Committee Majority voted on Monday to release to the public, over objections from the Department of Justice and the Federal Bureau of Investigation,” Schiff wrote.
Schiff went on to say that “it is clear” that Republicans involved “made material changes to the version it sent to the White House, which Committee Members were never apprised of, never had the opportunity to review and never approved.”
Watch the heated segment below: