President Trump on Friday will “probably” give Congress the OK to release a memo that accuses the feds of illegally spying on one of his ex-advisers, a senior administration official stated Thursday.
The official stated the choice was made after the president and White House officials examined the memo over the previous few days to ensure that “it doesn’t give away too much in terms of classification,” referring to classified materials.
“The president is OK with it,” the official stated. “I doubt there will be any redactions. It’s in Congress’ hands after that.”
It’s unclear whether or not Congress will release the memo Friday, although House Intelligence Committee Chair Devin Nunes and various Republicans have been desperate to make it public regardless of objections from the FBI and Justice Department.
The FBI stated Wednesday it had “grave concerns” about releasing the memo — establishing a showdown between FBI and the president, who hand-picked the bureau’s present director, Christopher Wray, after firing James Comey.
Trump not too long ago informed associates of his that the memo bolsters his perception that accusations of collusion between his campaign and Russia are a “hoax,” “fake news” and a part of “a witch hunt” to discredit his election.
But the feds insist that all proper procedures had been followed when they sought to renew a Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act warrant for former Trump adviser Carter Page, who had been on their radar for years over his connections with Kremlin-connected Russians.