Democrats Want Vote on Releasing Their Own Memo

GOP expected to release more reports on 'wrongdoing'
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Feb 5, 2018 4:46 AM CST

(Newser) – Amid the fallout from the release of the GOP-produced memo on alleged FBI surveillance overreach, House Democrats are pushing for the release of their own memo. Democrats, who are expected to call for a vote in a Monday afternoon meeting of the House Intelligence Committee, say their document will serve as a rebuttal to claims in the GOP document and adds context to the FBI and DOJ decision to wiretap former Trump aide Carter Page, the New York Times reports. The GOP-controlled committee voted against releasing the Democratic memo at the same time as the Republican memo, but they now say they're willing to release it, which would require the approval of President Trump.

Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer urged Trump on Sunday to approve the release of the memo, saying failure to do so would "confirm the American people's worst fears that the release of Chairman Nunes' memo was only intended to undermine Special Counsel Bob Mueller's investigation," CNN reports. Republican sources, meanwhile, tell Axios that there are several more memos to come detailing "areas of concern," including political bias and possible efforts to aid Hillary Clinton's campaign, at agencies including the FBI and the State Department, and that releasing them won't require the same extensive declassification procedure as the Russia memo. House Intelligence Committee chief Rep. Devin Nunes said Friday that they are now in "phase two" of their investigation.

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