The mysterious memo drawn up by Republicans on the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence has officially been made public after much controversy. But you may be wondering, who are all these people?
Names and titles of all sorts are brought up in regard to the four-page document. Here's a few of the notable players.
Rep. Devin Nunes (R-CA) is the chairman of the intelligence committee. It's his staff that put the memo together. Initially, Nunes had recused himself from his committee's investigation into Russian meddling in the election last year as he was undergoing an ethics investigation. He was cleared of wrongdoing on December 7. Approximately one month later, Nunes suggested he was expanding his committee's investigation to include how the Justice Department handled their probe in a letter to Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein.
Perhaps the most mysterious of the bunch, Steele was the author of the infamous Trump dossier which he wrote for Fusion GPS, the research firm tasked with conducting opposition research for Trump. Prior to his work as a consultant, Steele spent 22 years as an agent for MI-6, the U.K.'s international spy service. He worked undercover in Russia around the time of the collapse of the Soviet Union.
It's Steele's dossier that Republicans claim was improperly used by the FBI and Department of Justice to get a surveillance warrant on Carter Page, a former Trump campaign advisor.
Speaking of Page...
Page is a business consultant specializing in Russia and Eurasian gas and energy. He advised the Trump campaign on foreign policy and was the subject of the surveillance warrant that has caused all the fuss on Capitol Hill. Page's ties to Russia led him to becoming the focus of Special Counsel Robert Mueller's ongoing Probe into potential collusion.
Papadopoulos is the only person to have been charged with a crime by Mueller's team. He plead guilty to making false statements to the FBI in October, and has since been cooperating with the probe. Papadopoulos is often depicted as a low-level volunteer on the campaign by Trump officials. He apparently served on the campaign's foreign policy panel, despite having a limited resume.
Strzok was the head of the FBI's counterespionage unit during the Clinton email server investigation. He later served on Mueller's team, until it was discovered that he had exchanged text messages criticizing President Trump with FBI lawyer Lisa Page. Republicans have pointed to Strzok as an example of the FBI's supposed political bias.
Schiff serves as the ranking member in the intelligence committee, which basically means he is the top Democrat on its roster. While he supposedly was once close to Chairman Nunes, he has since been at odds with him over the Russia investigation. Schiff has been vocal in his opposition to the memo's release, espcially considering his version was not released as well.
The most notable name on the list, Comey served as FBI Director during the Clinton email investigation and the Russia probe, until he was fired by Trump in May. He is not mentioned in the memo itself, but he has come under significant scrutiny from Republicans for how he handled the Clinton investigation.