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NBC News reports that it obtained a written rebuttal to the Nunes memo from US Congressman Nadler [1] (who replaced Congressman Conyers as the ranking member of the House Judiciary Committee). Based on the article, it appears that Nadler wrote the rebuttal. It is unclear if they obtained it from him, or someone else. The link calls it a “final draft“.

The rebuttal opens by saying: “On Friday, House Republicans released the so-called “Nunes memo,” a set of deeply misleading talking points drafted by the Republican staff of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence. House Republicans did so over the objections of the Department of Justice, the Director of the FBI, the Director of National Intelligence, and several Senate Republicans, among others….

Although I have had the benefit of reading the materials that form the basis for the Nunes memo, most members have not—including, reportedly, Chairman Nunes. Accordingly, I am forwarding the legal analysis below for use by your office based on my review the Nunes memo and on outside sources….

We should not lose sight of a critical and undisputed fact: the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court found probable cause to believe that Carter Page—a member of the Trump campaign’s foreign policy team—was an agent of the Russian government.”

Sections of the memo:
I. The FISA court found probable cause to believe that Carter Page is an agent of a foreign power. Nothing in the Nunes memo rules out the possibility that considerable evidence beyond the Steele dossier helped the court reach that conclusion.
II. Christopher Steele is a recognized expert on Russia and organized crime.
III. The Nunes memo provides no credible basis whatsoever for removing Rod Rosenstein as Deputy Attorney General.
IV. The Nunes memo shows that House Republicans are now part and parcel to an organized effort to obstruct the Special Counsel’s investigation.

Related: https://miningawareness.wordpress.com/2018/02/02/in-2013-carter-page-was-already-in-the-fbis-sights-for-communicating-with-russian-spies/

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