Fox News is reporting that President Trump has approved the declassification and release of the controversial FISA memo written by Rep. Devin Nunes. That now gives us a likely time frame of when we will likely see the memo for ourselves.
The memo, prepared by the House Intelligence Committee and Chairman Nunes, is believed to detail wrongdoing by the FBI and the surveillance community in the Russia investigation, and cite the impact on a number of questionable practices.
Democrats have fought against the release, with Nancy Pelosi calling for President Trump to remove Nunes as chair of the Intelligence Committee. An online campaign to “release the memo” helped spur calls to release it.
President Trump is expected to swiftly declassify a controversial memo on purported surveillance abuses, sources tell Fox News, even as Democrats raise objections that edits were made to the document since it was approved for release by a key committee.
The release is likely to come Friday morning, Fox News is told.
Trump already had made clear he supports the release of the document, but the top Democrat on the House Intelligence Committee late Wednesday charged that the committee’s chairman made “material changes” to the memo.
Rep. Adam Schiff, D-Calif., who opposes the memo’s release in any form, wrote that the committee’s minority determined that the letter was not “the same document” its members have been reviewing since mid-January. Chairman Devin Nunes’s office countered that the changes were minor and blasted the complaint as a “bizarre distraction from the abuses detailed in the memo.”
Fox News is told that the version Trump plans to declassify contains only “technical edits” made at the request of the FBI.
Sources said the edited version was shown to five FBI officials at the White House on Tuesday afternoon. Sources said the officials were satisfied that the edited memo addressed concerns they had about the earlier version they reviewed on Monday.
Yet an FBI statement was released on Wednesday asserting they had “grave concerns about material omissions of fact that fundamentally impact the memo’s accuracy.”