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Democratic memo: Here are 6 key points in Schiff's rebuttal

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Democratic memo released

A redacted version of the Democratic response to a memo alleging that the FBI and Justice Department abused their power to conduct surveillance of former Trump campaign adviser Carter Page was released Saturday.

The 10-page document compiled by Rep. Adam Schiff, D-Calif., pushes back on a number of claims Republicans made in a memo that was released earlier this month, throwing details of the FBI's investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 election into an almost he-said-she-said story.

The memo's release was initially blocked by President Trump but was made public after a number of redactions. Here are some key takeaways:

1. FBI didn't rely solely on dossier

Democrats say the FBI did not rely on the controversial dossier written by former British intelligence officer Christopher Steele, which was in part funded by Democrats, when they started investigating Page.

The FBI was already investigating Page, who had been assessed to be an "agent of the Russian government," prior to the FBI receiving the dossier.

The timeline in the Democratic memo says the FBI decided to start its investigation into Carter in late July 2016. It received Steele's dossier in mid-September, more than six weeks later.



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