One-on-one with Congressman Doug LaMalfa

Congressman Doug LaMalfa stopped by the Action News Now studio to share with us his take on the newly released Nunes memo, as well the vote to avoid another government shutdown.

Posted: Feb. 4, 2018 6:54 PM

Congressman Doug LaMalfa stopped by the Action News Now studio to share with us his take on the newly released Nunes memo, as well the vote to avoid another government shutdown.

On Friday, four pages of the Nunes memo was released by the White House.

The memo alleges the FBI and Justice Department abused the foreign intelligence surveillance act and accused the FBI of using information paid for by the Clinton campaign to obtain a surveillance warrant for Carter Page, the Trump campaign policy advisor.

Congressman LaMalfa said despite claims, this is not a way to discredit the FBI.

"It’s a completely separate topic from what Robert Mueller is doing and that whole probe, that'll go its own way. This here is about the DNC and the Clinton campaign sponsored in order to get the gentleman from England to get this information," LaMalfa said.

LaMalfa said Democratic Congressman Adam Schiff is playing politics on this issue.

On Sunday morning he appeared on ABC's this week.

"But the president's use of this the president's decision that I'm going to release this memo even though the FBI said its inaccurate, even though the department of justice said it's reckless, and what's more I made that decision without even reading it," Schiff said.

Congressman LaMalfa said the Democrats will publish their own versions of this memo, with more to follow.

And this coming Tuesday, the house will vote on a bill to avoid another government shutdown.

LaMalfa said he blames Democrats for the three-day shutdown in January, saying they blocked funding for the sake of saving DACA.

"We’re going to adhere to saying this is going to be a comprehensive deal because unfortunately, you have to have leverage because the Democrats don't seem to be worried about border security. And so look we'll be happy to talk about border security, but it all has to be at the same time,” LaMalfa said.

Democratic Senator Dick Durbin of Illinois said on CNN's State of the Union Sunday that despite no action on DACA yet, he does not see another government shutdown coming because of it.

“There is not likely to be a DACA deal, though we're working every single day, on telephone calls and person to person, to try to reach this bipartisan agreement. I think we're making real progress,” Durbin said.

"You let people in that are going to enhance America. In this case, these are young people that are already here and yeah, we can work something out on that," LaMalfa said.

LaMalfa said during the Republican retreat earlier in the week, Secretary of Defense James Mattis told lawmakers it's the military that gets hurt the most during government shutdowns.

"It’s shameful. That’s why the Senate needs to do their job and get these appropriation bills out," LaMalfa said. 

LaMalfa said he's confident that on Tuesday they will be able to pass a spending bill through March.

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