Law professor Orin S. Kerr broke down House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes’ memo and found the four-page document is “more confusing than illuminating.”
Kerr took to The New York Times to write an op-ed where he noted that the memo failed to do everything it was said it would do, which was to make the case that the Department of Justice and the FBI purposefully omitted key facts when applying for a Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act warrant for former senior Trump campaign aide Carter Page.
“Even assuming the memo’s claims are true — which we can’t determine from the document itself — it still does not establish an ‘abuse’ of the foreign intelligence laws,” Kerr noted.
“The memo mostly punts on the critical question: Was evidence provided by Mr. Steele important to finding probable cause?” Kerr added. “We just can’t tell. There may have been lots of other evidence showing Mr. Page was a Russian spy. If so, it doesn’t matter what (if anything) the [House Intelligence Committee’s] affidavit said about Mr. Steele.”
“The memo gives us too little information to make a conclusion about whether the government abused the surveillance laws,” he concludes. “It’s a partial view when we need a panorama to know what happened.”
The entire op-ed can be read HERE.