Published: Fri, February 02, 2018
Medicine | By Brett Sutton

Trump to Approve Release of Memo on Friday, Says Senior Official

Trump tweeted a quote from the head of the conservative group Judicial Watch Friday morning. I think it's a disgrace what's going on in this country. Press reports suggested that President Trump may have contemplated using the memo to dismiss Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, who is supervising the Russian Federation probe for the Justice Department. "Rank and file are great people!"

Wray has publicly opposed the document's release, warning Thursday it contained "material omissions of fact that fundamentally impact the memo's accuracy".

"I also find it very telling that FBI Director Christopher Wray has not been included among those people who have expressed those grave concerns", Hamilton adds.

There's been a lot of chatter this week about the memo penned by House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes and on Wednesday, the Federal Bureau of Investigation issued a remarkable statement.

The memo alleges Obama-era law enforcement officials abused the government surveillance program known as the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) during the 2016 presidential election campaign - to spy on members of President Trump's campaign team.

"This is created to impugn the credibility of the FBI, to undermine the investigation, to give the president additional fodder to attack the organization and it's a tremendous disservice to the American people who are going be misled by this", the California Democrat said in an interview with "CBS This Morning".

"Neither the initial application [for a FISA warrant] in October 2016, nor any of the renewals, disclose or reference the DNC, the Clinton campaign or any party/campaign in funding Steele's efforts".

White House aides expect a decision from Trump on whether to release the controversial memo on Thursday, a White House official told CNN, but the President has already made clear he is inclined to approve the document's release. The officials were not authorized to be quoted about private deliberations and spoke on condition of anonymity.

The House Intelligence Committee voted Monday to release the much-hyped memo, but it needs approval from Trump before it is published. But Trump also has the power to declassify the document himself and either release it or hand it to Congress to release. "This is what happens when the only rule in your house is 'You don't like the butler?"

Pelosi said Nunes abused his position as chairman of the House intelligence committee by launching a cover-up campaign for the White House to discredit investigations into the Trump-Russia scandal. The White House is expected to inform the committee Friday that its review process is complete and that the administration has no objection to the release of the memo, subject to minimal redactions.

On Wednesday night, Schiff claimed that before providing it to the White House, Nunes "secretly altered" the version of the memo that the lawmakers had reviewed. In exchange for the intelligence community's willingness to reveal closely guarded national secrets to a select group of members and staff for the purposes of oversight, the committees and the congressional leadership pledged to handle that information responsibly and without regard to politics.

As soon as the memo is available, we will post it here.

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