Trump to approve release of memo on FBI Russia probe

The memo's release would also threaten to further fracture the frayed relationship between the president and his justice department and intelligence community, both of which opposed the release of the document, which is based on classified intelligence. (It should be noted that the investigation began in July 2016 while the first Carter Page FISA application was signed in October 2016.) At the same time, they use Papadopolous as a way to bring up FBI officials Peter Strzok and Lisa Page, who shared anti-Trump texts.

Until this point, the Justice Department said it couldn't confirm or deny the existence of foreign surveillance-related records regarding Donald Trump and his business and campaign associates. "But to succeed in their work, they need public backing". Republicans on the committee have said they believe they've uncovered serious misconduct that needs to be made public.

The White House declassified it on Friday and sent it to the intelligence committee chairman, Republican Rep. Devin Nunes, for immediate release. They will do what they are going to do.

"This memo will lead to more releases of more material and it will go on and on", Gingrich told POLITICO.

President Trump gave his approval for Republicans to release the memo written by House Intelligence Committee member Devin Nunes, alleging a "troubling breakdown of legal processes" at the start of the Russian Federation investigation. "Not the memo itself, which doesn't contain much we didn't already know".

Comey called the memo "dishonest and misleading" and not worth the damage it's done to public trust in USA intelligence agencies.

Democrat and Republican lawmakers, alongside the Federal Bureau of Investigation, had lobbied the White House to stop the release saying that it was "rife with factual inaccuracies"-namely Nunes' interpretation of other classified documents".

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Page was a foreign policy advisor for President Donald Trump during part of Trump's campaign.

Trump has said the GOP memo "vindicates" him.

Fitton appeared on "Fox and Friends" Friday. This is one reason FBI directors traditionally enjoy 10-year terms; it's also why most of Washington was shocked when Trump fired FBI Director James Comey last year, after Comey had confirmed to Congress a continuing FBI investigation into the Trump campaign's contacts with Russian Federation in 2016.

"A refusal to release the Schiff memo. will confirm the American people's worst fears that the release of Chairman Nunes' memo was only meant to undermine Special Counsel Bob Mueller's investigation", Schumer wrote on Sunday in a letter to Trump.

The memo is the most explicit Republican effort yet to discredit the FBI's investigation into Trump and Russian Federation, alleging that the investigation was infused with an anti-Trump bias under the Obama administration and supported with political opposition research. Democrats, meanwhile, have slammed the memo as an inaccurate and misleading portrait meant to undermine Mueller's probe and disputed what the memo concluded about McCabe's testimony on the dossier as the basis for a Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act warrant.

A top Democrat has warned that the Republicans may be setting the stage for a "constitutional crisis" if they use the Nunes memo to end the special counsel's probe into alleged Russian meddling in the 2016 United States presidential election, the media reported.

A White House official said Congress would probably be informed of the decision Friday.

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