President Trump on Friday approved the complete declassification of a controversial memo compiled by Republicans on the House Intelligence Committee. The four-page memo, compiled by Rep. Devin Nunes (R-Calif.), was subsequently released by the House. It purports to contain proof of “a troubling breakdown of legal processes established to protect the American people” from improper surveillance by the government, as well as questions the “legitimacy and legality” of certain actions undertaken by the FBI and Justice Department. The White House approved the memo’s release over warnings from the FBI and Justice Department, which expressed “grave concerns” about the memo’s accuracy. Asked about the memo Friday, Trump called it a “disgrace,” saying, “A lot of people should be ashamed of themselves.”
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President Trump on Friday will sign off on the release of a four-page memo compiled by Republicans on the House Intelligence Committee, led by Rep. Devin Nunes (R-Calif.). It will likely be made public sometime during the day. Trump is expected to have no objections to the Nunes memo and request none of the redactions requested by the FBI and other intelligence agencies. The classified memo, released under a never-before-used House rule, purports to show that the FBI did not identify one of its sources in a FISA warrant, to surveil former Trump campaign adviser Carter Page, as working on a dossier funded indirectly by Hillary Clinton. The FBI and Justice Department have expressed “grave concerns” about the effects and accuracy of the memo.
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