Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Calif.) made a bizarre claim in a tweet late Wednesday against the FISA memo that Rep. Devin Nunes (R-Calif.) provided to the White House to review after a vote to release the controversial report.
Here’s the accusation from Rep. Schiff:
Schiff claimed that the version of the memo provided by Nunes to the White House for review was materially different from the version that was provided to the House Intelligence Committee.
“BREAKING: Discovered late tonight that Chairman Nunes made material changes to the memo he sent to White House – changes not approved by the Committee,” he said in the social media missive.
“White House therefore reviewing a document the Committee has not approved for release,” he explained.
BREAKING: Discovered late tonight that Chairman Nunes made material changes to the memo he sent to White House – changes not approved by the Committee. White House therefore reviewing a document the Committee has not approved for release. pic.twitter.com/llhQK9L7l6
— Adam Schiff (@RepAdamSchiff) February 1, 2018
“Material changes” made to the memo
“This evening the Committee Minority discovered that the classified memorandum shared by the Committee Majority with the White House is not, in fact, the same document that members of the House of Representatives have been reviewing since January 18, 2018,” the statement read, “and that the Committee Majority voted on Monday to release to the public, over objections from the Department of Justice and the Federal Bureau of Investigation.”
“After reviewing both versions,” Schiff continued, “it is clear that the Majority made material changes to the version it sent to the White House, which Committee Members were never apprised of, never had the opportunity to review, and never approved.”
“It is now imperative that the Committee Majority immediately withdraw the document that it sent to the White House,” the statement later concluded. “If the Majority remains intent on releasing its document to the public, despite repeated warnings from DOJ and the FBI, it must hold a new vote to release to the public its modified document.”
Nunes released a statement earlier Wednesday accusing the FBI of using faulty intelligence in order to surveil associates of the Trump campaign after the FBI had released a statement saying the FISA memo was inaccurate.
Allies of the president have said the memo contains “disturbing” accusations against the FBI and the Department of Justice that could severely undermine the justification for special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into Russian election interference and alleged collusion.