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Rep. Adam Schiff, D-Calif., the ranking member of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, leaves a secure area where the panel meets as Democrats seek to push back against a classified memo released by Republicans last week questioning the methods used by the FBI to apply for a surveillance warrant on a onetime associate of the Trump campaign, at the Capitol in Washington, Monday, Feb. 5, 2018. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)
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Memo mania: what’s in all these declassified memos you’re hearing about

Memos released by both Democratic and Republican members of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence (HPSCI) tell two versions of the same story.

Both memos outline Department of Justice and FBI conduct of surveillance on Carter Page, a US citizen and volunteer adviser to the Trump presidential campaign, but have cherry-picked facts resulting in two partisan documents.

The DOJ and FBI sought and received a Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) probable cause order October 21, 2016, authorizing electronic surveillance on Page from the foreign intelligence surveillance court (FISC). Three FISA renewals were subsequently obtained from the FISC.

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