CNN’s Ana Cabrera interviewed the rabidly anti-Trump Democrat Representative and ranking member of the House Intelligence Committee, Adam Schiff about the memo Republicans are demanding is released to the public, that apparently will show how the FISA warrants that were used to spy on the Trump campaign were obtained.
Here are the excerpts from their conversation. The video can be seen below.
CABRERA: “Let me ask you about the Russia investigation because I can’t have you here and not. Especially given how much we talked about it in the first year of the presidency. And now if you turn on any conservative media, they keep talking about this Nunes memo, the chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, that he’s put out there and many Republicans have taken a look at it and they want it made public. Can you tell us about this memo? What exactly is it?”
SCHIFF: “It is essentially a set of talking points that the Republican Intel staff drafted. Based on the highly classified materials which most of the Republican members were forced to acknowledge they’ve not even read. So they don’t know how distorted these talking points are. But as part of the narrative, they want to push out. Interestingly enough, they’ve made common cause, once again, with Russian bots because Russian bots are pushing their narrative out there. It’s in a redux of the campaign. We have Julian Assange and Wikileaks and Russian trolls and bots saying, you know, hashtag whatever the GOP narrative is. That ought to tell you a lot about what’s driving this. And that is —“
According to shifty Schiff, it’s the damn Russian “bots” who are responsible for the “talking points’ that led Americans to demand the release of the FISA memo. Yeah…okay.
CABRERA: “Why not allow people to look at it and let Americans make the decision for themselves about whether it’s useful information or not?”
SCHIFF: “Well, because the American people, unfortunately, don’t have the underlying materials and therefore they can’t see how distorted and misleading this document is. The Republicans are not saying make the underlying materials available to the public. They just want to make this spin available to the public. I think that spin, which is a fulsome attack on the FBI, is just designed to attack the FBI and Bob Mueller to circle the wagons for the White House. And that’s a terrible disservice to the people, hard-working people at the Bureau, but more than that, it’s a disservice to the country.”
In other words, the American people are too stupid to understand the memo…the Democrats will tell you what’s in it.
CABRERA: “Adam Schiff, congressman, thank you.”