House Republicans Release Video Explaining FISA Memo

House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R., Calif.) on Thursday released a video in which Republican lawmakers chided the FBI and Justice Department for using an unverified dossier to help obtain a warrant to spy on former Donald Trump campaign adviser Carter Page.

House Intelligence Committee chairman Devin Nunes (R., Calif.) appeared along with committee member Trey Gowdy (R., S.C.) and others to explain the GOP-written memo released last Friday, which alleges Justice Department abuses in its surveillance of Page.

In the video, the GOP lawmakers argued that Americans should be protected from being surveilled unjustly. They contended that the FBI used a dossier produced by former British intelligence officer Christopher Steele—which contains unverified claims about Trump and his relationship with Russia—to obtain a warrant from the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance court, but without revealing to the FISA court that Steele was paid over $160,000 by the Democratic National Committee and Clinton campaign.