Trump's Justice Department Warns House Republicans Not To Release Disputed FISA Memo


"We believe it would be extraordinarily reckless for the Committee to disclose such information publicly without giving the Department and the FBI the opportunity to review the memorandum and to advise [the House Intelligence Committee] of the risk of harm to national security and to ongoing investigations that would come from public release", Boyd said.

He said if the committee votes against releasing it, any member should disclose its contents "from memory" on the House floor in order to enter it into the public record. That's in contrast to his Democratic counterpart, committee vice chairman Adam Schiff, who has the memo as "highly distorted spin" and " and referencing highly classified materials that most of Republican Intelligence Committee members were forced to acknowledge they had never read.", the memo is a high-level summary of intelligence available only to the Gang of 8.

Oklahoma Republican Sen. James Lankford, an Intelligence Committee member, told CNN that the panel had not been given access to Nunes' document.

Republicans this week intensified their scrutiny over the integrity of the FBI and the DOJ amid a senator's claims of an anti-Trump "secret society" within the FBI and news that the bureau was unable to save thousands of text messages exchanged between two officials found to have been critical of Trump. The White House debated to CNN that the President has reached upon a decision.

A Wednesday letter signed by a Trump appointee in the Department of Justice blasted House Intel Chairman Devin Nunes (R-CA) for not allowing the DOJ to review an anti-FBI memo as House Republicans push for the document's public release.

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The memo, which has stoked both widespread speculation and outrage in Washington, reportedly contains information about the FBI's reliance on a now-infamous dossier compiled by British ex-spy Christopher Steele to obtain a warrant from a Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court to spy on associates of the Trump presidential campaign.

Rep. Jerry Nadler said Tuesday that a controversial GOP memo being kept under wraps that alleges bias within the Federal Bureau of Investigation that is "profoundly misleading". They were Intelligence Committee head Nunes, Judiciary Committee head Robert Goodlatte, and Government Oversight Committee head Trey Gowdy.

"Chairman Goodlatte and Chairman Gowdy and Chairman Nunes all have jurisdiction over some elements, and they are meeting and discussing a process now, that I think will lead to greater transparency."

If the Republican memo's contents are publicly released, Schiff said, the United States' adversaries - particularly Russian Federation - "will no doubt be thrilled" by the opportunity to pore over its contents. "Blaming Samsung!" Trump said in a tweet Wednesday. This is why we voted to ensure that every Member of the House could read and learn for themselves our findings. But if he does, the full House would then be able to vote for its release.

"The Russians, who are pushing the campaign to declassify this information through its social media bots and trolls, will no doubt be thrilled", Schiff said.