Some Republicans Urge Going Slow on Release of Classified Memo

So, how does President Donald Trump feel about the memo alleging egregious FISA abuses? If approval is given, Trump would have five days to block the release.

Trump wanted to fire Mueller last June but backed off after White House counsel Don McGahn threatened to resign, the Times reported last Friday. They're trying to drop a depth charge. Page was a foreign policy advisor to Trump who has ties to Moscow. There was no national security risk, just embarrassing, wholly unprofessional antics by two FBI officials that undercut the credibility of both investigations.

White House deputy press secretary Raj Shah said on CNN's "New Day" Monday that releasing the memo could "send a message of accountability" in the U.S. intelligence community.

Trump recently revived his complaints that Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein was not properly supervising Mueller's probe, and the president has suggested firing Rosenstein - a highly controversial action against the person officially overseeing the special counsel's investigation, an adviser who speaks frequently with Trump said. The senior official conveyed the message to Attorney General Jeff Sessions, where it was met, much to Trump's surprise, with complete refusal.

The House Intelligence Committee will meet on Monday to discuss the four-page memo - which some House Republicans have claimed contains "disturbing" information on how the FISA surveillance program was used to target the Trump campaign - and may vote to make it public. Democrats on the House Intelligence Committee said it's a "misleading set of talking points attacking the Federal Bureau of Investigation".

A person who has spoken with Mueller's team said investigators' questions seemed at least partially created to probe potential obstruction from Trump.

"Apparently all the rumors are that it will shed light, it will help the investigators come to a conclusion", they added.

"But I think the President generally is on the side of transparency". It's classified; I haven't seen it. I think you'll be surprised.

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The memo also appears to show that Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein approved the application to extend surveillance on Page. "The president refers to the Department of Justice as 'my guys, ' so if his own Department of Justice says this is extraordinarily reckless, why is it a good idea to do it?"

But Democrats who have seen the four-page memo - written by House Republicans - say they carefully selected information that is meant to discredit the investigation into Russian involvement in the election and any collusion on the part of the Trump campaign.

To obtain the warrant involving Mr. Page, the government needed to show probable cause that he was acting as an agent of Russian Federation.

According to the memo, Rosenstein extended the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court (FISA) order on Page, a former Moscow-based investment banker whom a Russian Federation spy had tried to recruit, according to a 2013 investigation.

Fox News reported that Wray was finally permitted to go to the Capitol on Sunday to review the document, and requested that his staffers be allowed "to take a look at it". The release of the memo would come based on a seldom-used House rule that allows a vote to consider declassification of sensitive material.

The report comes at a time when Nunes could decide to put the release of the memo to a vote, which requires majority support among Intelligence Committee members. A vote was expected as soon as this week. Missing FBI text messages anger Republicans Top committee Dems: "GOP chairs trying to undermine Russian Federation probe with FBI texts MORE (D-Calif.) and others, Rep. [Eric] Swalwell (D-Calif.) and others, to preserve their investigative work".

Trump aides have downplayed Page's importance as an informal campaign adviser. As Sharyl Attkisson wrote in an op-ed for The Hill, the whole showdown over this memo is the seat of irony.

On Monday morning, White House spokesman Raj Shah said that the Oval Office would conduct a national security review of the document to determine if it could be released to the broader public, explicitly dismissing the DOJ's role in vetting the document.

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