Rep. Devin Nunes (R-Calif.) responded to the release of a Democrat-written memo defending FBI surveillance at the Conservative Political Action Conference on Feb. 24, 2018.
"We actually wanted this out," the Republican Intelligence Committee member said about the Democratic memo. "So this has been held up for over two weeks. The FBI and DOJ had told Democrats what was wrong with their response to our memo, and they waited... We wanted it out because we think it is clear evidence that the Democrats are not only trying to cover this up, but they are colluding with parts of the government to help cover this up."
"As you read it, you will see personal on myself... and chairman Gowdy. With a lot of really interesting things that sound really bad... But what you're not going to see is anything that actually rejects what was in our memo."
"What was the point of our memo? ... One purpose only, and that was to show that FISA abuse took place," he said. "To have a secret court that gets abused like this is totally unacceptable, and it falls on the Legislative branch, who created all this, to provide oversight and make sure when we see a problem, we let the American people know."
"What you basically will read in the Democratic memo is they are advocating that it is OK for the FBI and DOJ to use political dirt paid for by one campaign and use it against the other candidate," he explained.