House Intelligence Committee Votes to Release Memo


White House deputy press secretary Raj Shah told CNN on Monday morning that the DOJ "doesn't have a role" in the White House's pre-release review of the memo, The Hill reports.

The investigation has already snared several people involved in the Trump campaign, and promises to reach all the way up to the President.

"The standard for the release of classified information", House Intelligence Committee ranking member Adam Schiff said, is now, "if it's good for the president, fine", as The Daily Beast reports. The speaker's move all but ensures that the Justice Department won't get much backing within the House Republican conference, and underscores the divide between House Republicans who pushed for the memo's release and many Senate Republicans, who urged caution and sided with the Justice Department.

Schiff said the committee's vote effectively puts the FBI and Department of Justice under investigation by the panel's GOP majority.

A House committee has voted to release a memo that Republicans say shows abuse of surveillance by the FBI and justice department in the Russian Federation investigation.

At the same time, Democrats on the committee plan on Monday to introduce their own memorandum in an effort to rebut the majority's memo, which was authored by Chairman Devin Nunes' staff.

He also said that he had spoken to FBI Director Christopher Wray earlier Monday, and Wray expressed "strong interest" in briefing the committee on concerns that he might have about the release of the GOP's memo.

Democrats contend the document omits key details and seeks to undercut special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation into Russian interference and possible collusion with the Trump campaign.

The committee used an obscure rule to make the classified memo public. Assistant Attorney General Stephen Boyd suggested that releasing classified information could damage the United States' relationship with other countries with which it shares intelligence.

"But I think the President generally is on the side of transparency".

"No, I don't want it released yet", Graham said on ABC's "This Week". Gowdy said the memo doesn't reveal any intelligence methods but it does reveal "one source".

"The "Release The Memo" crowd apparently doesn't want to release the memo now," Schiff said. He said the committee agreed to let House members read it and would consider making it public after that.

"We have votes today to politicize the intelligence process".

Republicans have been drumming up the campaign around the "alarming" memo for weeks, rallying on Twitter around the hashtag #ReleaseTheMemo.

People familiar with the memo said it does not conclusively say whether Steele intentionally passed suspect information to the Federal Bureau of Investigation, or simply made a mistake.

The President now has five days to decide whether the memo will be released to the public.

CNN reported that the memo was being couriered to the White House following the committee's vote.