House Intelligence Committee Votes to Release Democrat Rebuttal Memo (Now It's Getting Interesting)

Rep. Adam Schiff, D-Calif., ranking member of the House Intelligence Committee, speaks after a closed meeting on Capitol Hill, Tuesday, June 6, 2017, in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

Well, it’s only fair, right?

The House Intelligence Committee has voted to release the Democratic rebuttal memo to the Nunes memo that was released last Friday.

The memo was put together by the committee’s ranking Democrat Adam Schiff and as of now, is classified. It will be sent to President Trump’s desk, however, and just as it was with Nunes’ memo, the president has 5 days to sign and approve it.

The Republicans’ memo, which was released Friday, accuses FBI and DOJ officials of abusing their powers to obtain surveillance warrants against former Trump campaign adviser Carter Page.

Schiff and Democrats say the GOP memo is misleading and has omissions that make it inaccurate. Most importantly, the GOP memo said a questionable dossier on Trump that was put together by Democrats was used by the FBI to justify a decision to wiretap Page, but Democrats argue the GOP memo incorrectly states that the court was never about the dossier’s political origin.

To that point, Republicans walked back that claim earlier Monday, admitting that the court actually was informed of the dossier’s political origin.

Also earlier on Monday, Trump went after Schiff, calling him “Little Adam Schiff.” He also praised Devin Nunes as an “American hero.”

He’s got a really shallow opinion of heroism, it appears.

Should Trump refuse to sign off on the release of the Democrat memo, the committee can present it to the House floor for a vote that would override the president’s decision.