Trump Claims Dem Memo Shows ‘Really Fraudulent’ Behavior, Doesn’t Elaborate

U.S. President Donald Trump speaks, during his joint press conference with Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull of Australia, in the East Room of the White House, on Friday, February 23, 2018. (Photo by Cheriss May/NurPhoto)
NurPhoto via Getty Images

President Donald Trump on Saturday night alleged that the Democratic response to the so-called “Nunes memo” showed that “a lot of bad things happened on the other side.”

“Not on this side, but on the other side,” he continued in a phone interview with Fox News’ Jeanine Pirro. “And somebody should look into it. And what they did is really fraudulent and somebody should be looking into that. And by somebody, I’m talking about you know who.”

House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes (R-CA) claimed in his initial memo, a document based on classified surveillance warrant applications, that the FBI improperly applied for and was granted a warrant to surveil then-former Trump foreign policy adviser Carter Page based on politicized information. From the beginning, the claims weren’t very credible

Nunes claimed that the FBI did not disclose that the so-called Steele dossier, on which the warrant application was partially based, had originated in a firm hired by Democrats to research Trump.

That turned out to be a misleading claim, and the Democratic memo released Saturday detailed how the FBI made the memo’s political origins clear to the surveillance court, among other points.

Still, Trump claimed to Pirro, without further explanation, that the Democratic memo was “nothing but a confirmation” of Nunes’ claims and that “that document really verifies the Nunes memo.”

“And that’s why they didn’t push hard to have it– If you notice, they did not push it hard because they understood this was going to happen,” he added, spinning his own administration’s initial refusal to approve the Democratic memo’s release more than two weeks ago.

Trump also noted, referring to Nunes, that “if this continues to go forward, I really think someday he’s going to be greatly honored for his service and for what’s he’s done. He’s been very, very brave in the face of a lot of obstacles.”

The President kept arguing the case on Twitter, without citing specific information in either memo

Masthead Masthead
Editor & Publisher:
Managing Editor:
Senior News Editor:
Assistant Editor:
Editor at Large:
Investigations Desk:
Senior Political Correspondent:
Front Page Editor:
Social Media Editor:
Editor for Prime & Special Projects:
General Manager & General Counsel:
Executive Publisher:
Head of Product:
Director of Technology:
Publishing Associate:
Front-End Developer: