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‘TO: All Members ofthe House of Representatives FROM: HPSCI Minority The HPSCI Majority's move to release tothe House of Representatives is allegations agains the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and the Department of Justice (DO4) isa tansparent effort to undermine those agencies, the Special Counsel, and Congress’ investigations. It albo risks bli exposure of sensitive source and methods for no legitimate purpose. FL and DO! officals did not “abuse” the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) process, ‘omit material information, or subvert this vital to! to spy onthe Trump campaign |n fct, DOS and the FBI would have been remiss in thei duty to protet the country had they not sought FISA warrant and repeated renewals to conduct temporary surveillance of Cater Page, someone the FBI assessed tobe an agent of the Russian government. DOJ met the rigor, leanspareney, and evidentiary basis needed to meet FISA"s probable eause requirement, by emonsrating: © contemporaneous evidence of Russia's election interference; © conceming Russian links and oureach to Trump campaign officials; (© Page's history with Russian ineligence; and RI °'s1pciousectvitos in 2016, including in Moscow. ‘The Committee's Minority has therefore prepared this memorandum to correct the record + Christopher Steel's aw intelligence reporting did not inform the FBI's decision to Initiate itscounterintelligence investigation in late July 2016 In fc, the FBI's clsely- hed investigative team only received Stele's reporting in mid-September ~more than seven ‘weeks later, The FBI ~and, subsequently, the Special Counsel's ~ investigation into links ‘beeen the Russian government and Trump campaign associates hasbeen based on troubling law enforcement and intelligence information unrelated othe “dossier.” + DOs"s October 21, 2016 FISA application and three subsequent renewals carefully ‘outlined for the Court » mult-pronged rationale for survelling Page, ho, atthe time of the first application, was no longer with the Trump campaign. DOJ detailed Page's past relationships with Russian spies and interaction with Russian officials during the 2016 amps, I: cite mutiple sources to suppor the case for surveilling Page — bat made only narow use of information from Steel's sources about Page's specie aeuviis in 2016, chiefly his suspected July 2016 mectngs in Moscov with Russian offic In fact, ‘the FBI interviewed Page in March 2016 about his contact with Russian intelligence, the Very ‘month candidate Donald Trump named him a foreign policy advisor ‘As DO) informed the Court in subsequent renewals, Steele's reporting about Page's Moscow meetings DOF applications did not otherwise rely on Steele's reporting, including any “slacits’ ' HOPE I MORONS sbout Trump, and the FBI never pad Stele for this reporting, While expleining why the FBI Viewed Steele's reporting and souress as reliable and credible, DOS also diselese: (©. Stele’ price relationship withthe FBI; © the assessed political motv ‘+ The Committee Majority's memorandum, which draws