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San Antonio Rep. Will Hurd: "I do believe we're letting the Russians win" 

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Congressman Will Hurd, a San Antonio Republican and member of the U.S. House Intelligence Committee, ended Friday with a controversial decision: voting in favor of the committee releasing memo about FBI surveillance methods of the Trump campaign to the public.

Hurd spent the weekend explaining (and backpedaling on) this decision.

Called the "Nunes Memo" after the memo's Republican author, Committee Chairman Devin Nunes, the now-released document claims a scathing dossier alleging Trump's ties to Russia should not have been used in court arguments involving former Trump adviser Carter Page, because the dossier was partially funded by Democrat dollars. It's proved to be far less groundbreaking than purported by House Republicans prior to its release.

Hurd, a former CIA agent, said his decision to unveil the confidential memo had nothing to do with his allegiance to President Donald Trump, who said the memo "totally vindicates" him of any wrongdoing involving Russia.

Asked if he agrees with Trump's self-vindication by ABC's George Stephanopoulus Sunday, Hurd quickly responded: "I don't."

"I don't agree with some of my colleagues that say, you know — they are always using the word 'explosive,'" Hurd continued. "I'm not shocked that elected officials are using hyperbole and exaggerations."

Hurd stressed that the memo's release shouldn't slow down special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation into Russia's involvement with the 2016 U.S. election.

"I want to stress: Bob Mueller should be allowed to turn over every rock, pursue every lead, so that we can have trust in knowing what actually the Russians did or did not do," he said.

Hurd saw the memo's release as a move to restore trust in Congress.

"Because ultimately, I do believe we're letting the Russians win. The Russians got involved in our elections to erode trust in our democratic institutions," Hurd said.

Hurd added that the release of the Nunes Memo protects "civilian oversight of law enforcement." Hurd has not, however, approved the release of the original Democrat dossier, alleging it holds information that would erode national security. He says the Nunes Memo had no information that would threaten the intelligence community or national security — despite former FBI Director James Comey, a Republican, claiming otherwise.

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