As the pressure mounts for the U.S. government to “release the memo” — a compilation of documents reportedly showing improper use of FISA surveillance on the Trump campaign — a Fox News report citing two senior FBI officials adds further tension.
As national security correspondent Catherine Herridge reported:
Two senior FBI officials have now reviewed a controversial Republican staff memo alleging abuses of government surveillance programs during the 2016 presidential campaign, a source familiar with the matter told Fox News — adding that the officials “could not point to any factual inaccuracies.”
The two officials — one from the bureau’s counterintelligence division and the other from the legal division — followed up after an initial review of the memo during a rare Sunday trip to Capitol Hill by FBI Director Christopher Wray.
In summary, the FBI officials contacted by Fox News said that they “could not point to any factual inaccuracies” in the document.
The report is at variance with Democratic complaints about the document, namely that it is “misleading.” As Democratic Rep. Adam Schiff claimed, the four-page document, also called the Nunes memo after Rep. Devin Nunes (R-CA), is designed to “selectively and misleadingly characterize classified information” in order to “protect” President Trump.
The Democrats have constructed their own “counter-memo” in anticipation of the document’s release. The Nunes memo was reportedly sent to President Trump in order to review it and clear it for authorized release, but White House press secretary made a statement on Tuesday that is slightly at variance with that earlier report.
“Contrary to a published report, there are no current plans to release the House Intelligence Committee’s memo,” Sanders said. “The President has not seen or been briefed on the memo or reviewed its contents.”
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