The Democrats' response to the Nunes Memo has refuted the assertions that were made by Republicans, reports Zack Beauchamp of Vox. The FBI didn’t hide the fact that it was using research potentially motivated to politically undermine Trump, as Nunes claimed. Its application to a FISA (Foreign Surveillance Intelligence Act) court to spy on Carter Page was done correctly. Assertions made in the Steele dossier were later backed up by several independent sources. In fact, the FISA warrant was renewed three times afterwards, by GOP-appointed judges. Ultimately, Nunes misused information to present the FBI in a bad light.
The Schiff Memo tries but fails to disprove the Nunes Memo, holds Byron York of The Washington Times. The Democrats’ argument is centered around claims that Republicans didn’t make. The biggest issue, that the Steele dossier, which was funded by the Clinton team, was used to spy on a member of Trump’s campaign. Even though he had left, his emails and contact with the Trump campaign became fair game to FBI spying. The FBI should not have been using such intel, which was strongly influenced by political factors. The Schiff Memo wrongly claims that other information was used, but the Steele dossier was essential in their wiretapping.