The US House intelligence committee Friday declassified a GOP memo alleging surveillance abuses by the FBI in the Trump election campaign. The allegations included the use of foreign intelligence, namely British spy, Christopher Steele; the omission of relevant information in the application to the national security court for a surveillance warrant against Trump’s campaign staff; and “circular reporting.” This term refers to the FBI’s alleged leaks to certain media, which were then fed back into its dossier. Steele is also said to have made inappropriate contacts with the media. After he was fired, the British spy continued to feed the Justice Department official Ruth Ohr. He is quoted as informing her that he was “passionately against the then-candidate Donald Trump getting elected president.” The Democratic Party, which was in office at the time, is preparing a counter-memo alleging inaccuracies in the GOP document.
President Trump, who authorized the memo’s release to the public, commented: “A lot of people should be ashamed of themselves. This is a disgrace!”