Surveillance Memo Triggers All Out Political War

The House Intelligence Committee’s Monday vote to release a classified memo on purported government surveillance abuses has touched off a war of words between Democrats and Republicans, with both sides unloading their rhetorical guns as time ticks down to the memo’s likely publication.

President Trump has five days to decide whether he has any objections to the release, but signs point to him allowing it. The document was pushed by Committee Chairman Devin Nunes, R-Calif., and other GOP committee members.

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Republicans on the House Intelligence Committee have been pushing for the release of the memo for weeks, but have been met with furious opposition by their Democratic colleagues. Rep. Trey Gowdy, R-S.C., said the release of the memo was likely to be embarrassing for Democrats like ranking Rep. Adam Schiff, D-Calif., who had fought tooth and nail to block it.

“I think it’ll be embarrassing to Adam Schiff once people realize the extent he went to get them from learning any of this,” Gowdy, who helped write the memo, said on “Fox & Friends” Tuesday.

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