President Donald Trump is inclined to allow the memo spearheaded by Rep. Devin Nunes that alleges Federal Bureau of Investigation abuses of surveillance laws to be released if the House Intelligence Committee approves it being declassified, a person familiar with the matter tells CNN.
The letter, from Assistant Attorney General Stephen Boyd, revealed that the House Intel Committee had turned down FBI Director Christopher Wray's "personal appeal" to review the memo. "The American people should be able to read what I did in that briefing room".
Rep. Mike Conaway, who is now leading the committee's Russian Federation investigation after Nunes's informal recusal, said that he would vote for the memo's public release but did not respond to our questions as to whether he had voted for its release to Congress and whether he had confidence in its conclusions.
In general, the memo is about government agencies abusing the FISA courts and surveillance during the 2016 election.
Last week, Republicans on the House intelligence committee to make the document available to all members of Congress.
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Rep. Mike Conaway, R-Texas, who has helped lead the committee's Russian Federation investigation, put out a statement over the weekend saying the panel is "seeking input from colleagues who have read the memo regarding its content and next steps, including potentially releasing the memo publicly".
Nunes has reportedly told Republicans that the memo was put together by his staff over a period of months, New York Republican Rep. Chris Collins told The Daily Beast.
Notice how the DOJ takes a not so subtle jab at Speaker of the House Paul Ryan for enabling this Nunes insanity. This isn't Nunes versus the DOJ.
A spokesman for Nunes did not respond to a request for comment.
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"That vote could occur as soon as next week", said Rep. Walter Jones (R-NC) in a statement Wednesday.
"The memo was derived, distilled from information that the Department gave us". What they don't know specifically is what are the complaints.
The other is that Republicans would have liked to have known about this memo before they voted to reauthorize the Section 702 surveillance program, even though the events described in the memo have nothing to do with Section 702.
"Agencies that are under investigation by congressional committees don't typically get access to the committees' investigative documents about them, and it's no surprise these agencies don't want the abuses we've found to be made public", he said. "So we'd like to see it right now", she said.
"One more product of the House majority, which if it continues in the pattern will be probably full of innuendo, false claims, and not a lot of factual basis", said Sen.
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