Nunes memo could be released Friday following nod from Trump

Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Calif.), the ranking Democrat on the committee Nunes chairs, issued a lengthy statement of protest after the memo was made public, arguing that its release "sets a bad precedent and will do long-term damage to the Intelligence Community and our law enforcement agencies".

Mr. Schiff and other Democrats on the Intelligence Committee drafted their own memo, a rebuttal which they say adds context to the Republican document.

The opposition party's leaders in both the House and Senate have called for Nunes to be removed from his committee role over claims he had altered parts of the memo before sending it to the White House.

He also authorized a close friend to share with reporters details from a memo he produced documenting one such encounter - a February conversation in the Oval Office in which he said Trump encouraged him to drop an FBI investigation into former national security adviser Michael Flynn.

The FBI earlier this week expressed "grave concerns about material omissions of fact" in the Republican memo. "To suggest otherwise is a freaky distraction from the abuses detailed in the memo, which the public will hopefully soon be able to read for themselves".

Democrats have charged that Nunes and his Republican colleagues are seeking to undermine the Russian Federation investigation by releasing the memo. According to the memo, those who certified the application for the warrant were: former FBI Director James Comey; former Deputy Director Andrew McCabe, who recently retired; and Rob Rosenstein, who is overseeing Special Counsel Robert Mueller's investigation.




White House spokesman Raj Shah said on Thursday that White House involvement in the memo is limited to whether the memo should be blocked from release, as opposed to whether to release it.

President Donald Trump has accused the FBI and Justice Department of politicizing the investigation into his campaign's alleged ties to Russian election interference to the benefit of Democrats.

It looks like the controversial four-page memo that may contain details of government surveillance abuses leading up to the 2016 presidential election is going to be made public soon - and it could make a big splash in Washington, DC.

The probe by Special Counsel Robert Mueller and the Federal Bureau of Investigation inquiry that preceded it have cast a long shadow over Trump's year-old presidency.

"Devin Nunes has disgraced himself", said Rep. Brendan Boyle (D-PA).

Schiff said Thursday the objective of the memo is to give Trump cause to fire Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, who oversees Mueller's investigation, and replace him with someone who will rein in or fire the special counsel.

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