Prepare for the fallout of the Nunes memo

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

In the face of Justice Department and FBI objections, President Donald Trump is expected to approve making public a classified GOP memo purported to accuse the FBI of misconduct in its investigation of potential ties between Russian Federation and Trump's 2016 campaign.

Trump has the authority to prevent the release of the document but instead the White House is now thought likely to give Congress approval to make it public.

Democrats have prepared their own memo, and Stefanik also voted to allow making that document available to all House members, which would follow the same procedure used for its Republican counterpart, Flanagin said.

Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi sent a letter to Speaker Ryan demanding the man behind the memo- Republican Chair of the House Intel Committee- Devin Nunes- be removed immediately for his "dangerous" and "illegitimate" actions.

Democrats say the memo selectively uses highly classified materials in a misleading effort to discredit Special Counsel Robert Mueller, who is leading the Justice Department's probe into alleged collusion between the Trump campaign and Russian Federation, and Deputy Attorney-General Rod Rosenstein, who hired him. He said the memo is not the same one the intelligence committee voted to released and it should be recalled and re-voted on before its made public.

The Nunes memo is claimed to accuse the Federal Bureau of Investigation of abusing the FISA law to target the Trump campaign politically during the 2016 campaign.

The FBI said Wednesday in a stinging statement that it had 'grave concerns about material omissions of fact that fundamentally impact the memo's accuracy'. Wray, appointed by Trump, has urged the memo not be released.

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Replying to Trump's claims of bias on Twitter, Schiff said: "No, Mr. President it's worse than that". It also suggests a clear willingness by FBI Director Christopher Wray, who in the early stretch of his tenure has been notably low-key, to challenge a president who just months ago fired his predecessor, James Comey.

Trump is expected to release the memo in the coming days.

"House Republicans' pattern of obstruction and cover-up to hide the truth about the Trump-Russia scandal represents a threat to our intelligence and our national security", Pelosi said.

However, Wray has not directly threatened to resign after being at odds over the memo, CNN reported, citing multiple sources with knowledge of the situation, as saying.

Sky News US Correspondent Cordelia Lynch said: "Trump campaign officials now believe that this is evidence that Donald Trump was treated unfairly - but the Democrats believe this is an attempt to discredit the Robert Mueller investigation".

Friday is the final day of a five-day presidential review period started by a Monday evening party line panel vote to release the document.

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