House panel to release memo on FBI Russia probe

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President Donald Trump wants the American public to see a four-page classified memo said to detail abuses of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA), according to a Saturday Washington Post report.

Associate Attorney General Stephen Boyd warned last week that it would be "extraordinarily reckless" to release the memo because it contains classified information. Fox News said that one source claimed "Wray was asked to point out inaccuracies or other issues with the wording - and said he would need 'his people to take a look at it'".

High-ranking Republican Lindsey Graham expressed reservations about making the original memo public in response.

The three lawmakers said the memo contends a judge might not have approved the request for surveillance aimed at Page if the Federal Bureau of Investigation revealed that it used an unverified dossier on Trump put together by a former British spy, Christopher Steele, and that he had been hired by an opposition research firm funded in part by Trump's opponent, Hillary Clinton, and Democrats.

White House spokesman Raj Shah said Monday morning that should the House vote to release a memo crafted by House Intelligence Committee Chair Devin Nunes (R-CA), the White House will conduct a national security review of the memo to determine whether it should be released to the public.

Bloomberg reported Monday that the president erupted after learning that Associate Attorney General Stephen Boyd had warned against releasing a classified memo written by House Republicans that allegedly documents FBI surveillance abuse related to the Russian Federation investigation.

The White House seems to favor the memo's release, but wouldn't explicitly say whether the president will back the effort. The memo addresses a dossier of allegations against Trump compiled by a former British spy, and questions over whether it was used to obtain surveillance warrants.

White House deputy press secretary Raj Shah said on CNN's "New Day" Monday that releasing the memo could "send a message of accountability" in the United States intelligence community.

White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said Monday that "no one" at the White House has seen the memo, so the president was not prepared to make a decision.

The document can be released if the committee approves the move in a vote (there are 13 Republicans and nine Democrats on the committee) and the president does not object within five days. Page has not had a role in the Trump White House.

Some lawmakers have described the memo as evidence of FBI abuse of the country's government surveillance programs, while others have raised concerns that it reveals possible signs of political bias in the federal investigation that kicked the Russian Federation investigation into gear.

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