President Trump is making a behind-the-scenes push to release a classified House Intelligence Committee memo – regardless of Justice Department warnings that doing so could be “extraordinarily reckless.”
Trump’s interest in making the memo public was conveyed Wednesday to Attorney General Jeff Sessions by White House Chief of Staff John Kelly, in response to a report within the Washington Post.
House Republicans who’ve read the doc claim that it reveals politically motivated conduct at the FBI and Justice Department throughout the Obama administration and resulted in improper surveillance of Trump’s presidential campaign.
Some within the GOP believe the memo might derail Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation of Russian interference in the 2016 presidential campaign.
Trump “is inclined to have that released just because it will shed light,” a senior administration official informed the Washington Post in a story posted Saturday.
“Apparently all the rumors are that … it will help the investigators come to a conclusion,” the official stated.
The House Intelligence Committee has the ability to release the four-page doc, which was prepared for committee chairman Rep. Devin Nunes based mostly on extremely classified documents.
Whether the memo is made public is ultimately up to Congress. But under Congressional guidelines, the president has the ability to block the memo’s release.
Trump’s Wednesday message signifies that if the House panel votes to make it public, he is not going to stand in the way. A committee vote is anticipated this week.