Washington D.C. [United States], Feb.25 (ANI): The US House Intelligence Committee has released a classified Democratic memo in redacted form that counters Republicans' claims that the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) abused government surveillance powers in its Russia probe.
Parts of the 10-page document, written by top Democrat Adam Schiff of California, were redacted to avoid revealing intelligence-gathering sources and methods.
Releasing his party's document on Saturday, Schiff tweeted, "Some time ago, Republicans on our committee released a declassified memo that omitted and distorted key facts in order to mislead the public and impugn the integrity of the FBI. We can now tell you what they left out."
The memo argued that the FBI had valid justification for obtaining warrants to run surveillance on Carter Page, a former foreign policy adviser to President Donald Trump, long before it received information in a dossier compiled by former British spy Christopher Steele, reported China's state-run news agency Xinhua.
The president added: "SO ILLEGAL!"
Both memos are part of the House Intelligence Committee's ongoing investigation into alleged collusion between the Trump campaign and the Kremlin and Russian meddling in the 2016 U.S. presidential election. (ANI)