House Republicans Vote to Release Secret FBI Memo

Now up to Trump; classified document faults FBI and DoJ in Russia probe
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Jan 29, 2018 5:48 PM CST
House Panel Votes to Release Controversial FBI Memo
House Intelligence Committee Chairman Rep. Devin Nunes, R-Calif.   (AP Photo/Susan Walsh, File)

It's all up to President Trump now. The House Intelligence Committee voted along party lines Monday to release a controversial memo that alleges wrongdoing on the part of the Justice Department and the FBI in regard to the Russia investigation, reports Politico. Democrats are fuming over the decision. Trump now has five days to decide whether to allow the memo to be released; his approval is necessary because it's a classified document. The memo alleges that the FBI and the Justice Department improperly used government surveillance during the investigation into Russian election interference and contacts with Trump's campaign, per the AP.

The vote to release the memo comes after committee Republicans, led by chairman Rep. Devin Nunes, pushed for its disclosure. The memo addresses a dossier of allegations against Trump compiled by a former British spy, and questions over whether it was improperly used to obtain surveillance warrants. The panel's ranking Democrat, Rep. Adam Schiff, announced the vote results Monday while criticizing the Republicans' decision. Democrats generally say the memo cherry-picks facts and presents a distorted view of things. (More House Intelligence Committee stories.)

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