Reports: Trump Has Read Memo, Ready to Release
White House reportedly agrees to 'technical edits'
By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted Feb 1, 2018 1:29 PM CST
President Trump speaks at the 2018 House and Senate Republican Member Conference at the Greenbrier in White Sulphur Springs, W. Va.   (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

(Newser) – The saga over whether the White House will or won't release "the memo" may be over on Friday. Multiple reports—including at Fox News, ABC News, and the Washington Post—say President Trump has read the document and is set to release it. The White House, however, has agreed to make some redactions at the request of the FBI, which strongly came out against the release on Wednesday. Fox describes them as "technical edits," but it seems the gist of the memo—asserting that the FBI and Justice Department abused their authority in the early stages of the Trump-Russia investigation—would stay intact. The only big question, then, is when the public would be able to read the memo.

ABC lays out the steps: After the White House informs the House Intelligence Committee that it doesn't object to the memo's release, the panel would then enter it into the Congressional Record. That step can only take place when the House is in session, which ABC notes would be the case at 4:30pm Friday. Failing that, the House would again be in session on Monday. One last wrinkle: GOP Sen. John Thune on Thursday told reporters that the Senate Intelligence Committee must see the memo before it's made public. "I think they have to take into consideration what the FBI is saying," Thune said of House Republicans, referring to the agency's concerns. He added that a Democratic rebuttal memo also should be released.

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