GOP debates releasing controversial memo

January 29, 2018

Congressional Republicans on Sunday pleaded their case for releasing a classified memo that they claim will reveal political bias within the FBI, while the White House also waded into the discussion.

Most Republicans want the memo to be released publicly, but the manner of its release — and whether it should be reviewed first by the administration — is a matter of dispute.

White House legislative affairs director Marc Short on Sunday confirmed reports that President Trump wants the memo released for the sake of “transparency,” despite concerns raised by the Department of Justice (DOJ) and FBI.

“We don’t know what’s in the memo. It’s classified, I haven’t seen it. But I think the president generally is on the side of transparency. And so, yes, I think he believes that that should be put out,” Short said on “Fox News Sunday.”

Staff for Rep. Devin Nunes (R-Calif.), chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, crafted the four-page memo based on classified documents provided by the DOJ and FBI. The memo is said to contain allegations that senior FBI officials abused a surveillance program to target the Trump campaign last year.

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