John Solomon of the Hill reports that Republican Lawmakers are looking to argue that the FBI’s investigation into President Trump’s campaign and possible involvement with Russia was built on false or politically poisoned evidence linked to partisans loyal to Hillary Clinton.
Solomon further stated that the House Intelligence Committee memo directed by Rep. Devin Nunes (R-Calif.) that is the chatter of Washington would be at the focus of the claim. “The release of that four-page memo is expected as early as Friday.”
One more memo — an eight-page criminal recommendation filed with the Justice Department by Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) and Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) — is in addition part of the GOP case.
The GOP think both memos will support claims that evidence used to substantiate the FBI’s investigation came from partisans loyal to Clinton, sources said. They are also believed use the arguments from some Republicans that special counsel Robert Mueller’s probe into Russia is based on false information.
“The fact that half to three-quarters of the evidence the FBI used to unleash the most awesome of surveillance powers upon Donald Trump’s inner circle came from sources tied directly to his Democratic opponent should worry us all, especially when that happened during an election,” said one high-ranking Republican directly familiar with the evidence, according to Solomon.
“The FBI allowed itself to be used by Clinton partisans to parlay single-sourced, mostly unverified evidence into a counterintelligence probe with clear weaknesses that weren’t disclosed,” the source alleged.