In Monday’s newly released transcript, Democrats on the House Intelligence Committee acknowledged five times that their memo does not disprove that the Democratic National Committee and Hillary Clinton paid for information used in a Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court
Congressman Mike Turner (OH-10), member of the House Intelligence Committee, released the following statement:
“Politically funded documents, regardless of which party they come from, should not be used as evidence in Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Courts. On Monday, the House Intelligence Committee voted unanimously to release the Democratic memo, despite every Democrat on the committee having opposed the release of the majority’s memo of FISA abuses just last week.
In that meeting, on three separate occasions, I challenged that the Democrat memorandum would not refute that politically funded material was entered in the court as evidence. My Democratic colleague, Mr. Jim Himes of Connecticut, agreed stating, ‘Mr. Turner is correct that nothing in this memo refutes the notion that we all know to be a statement of fact that the Steele dossier was, in fact, paid for initially by the Clinton campaign and subsequently, or, in part, by the DNC.’ When asked again if the Democratic memo disproved the DNC and Hillary Clinton campaign paid for information used as evidence against their opponent, Mr. Himes said, ‘No...there is nothing in the Democratic memo that says that.’
As a full committee, we must move forward to address these FISA abuses and ensure that no individual from either party has politically funded materials being used as evidence in a court against them.”