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Wyden creates Twitter moment commenting on Nunes memo

02 February 2018

Ultimately, Democrats allege, the memo is a response to Robert Mueller's rapidly-moving investigation into Donald Trump's ties with Russian Federation and, says Schiff, is aimed at "furthering a conspiracy theory" that senior FBI and Justice Department officials are biased against Trump.

Democrats have hit out at the decision to release the memo, which the the White House confirmed Mr Trump had read, claiming it is meant to undermine the investigation.

The memo, which was written by House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes, alleges that the FBI and DOJ used unverified information in a court document to fuel a counterintelligence investigation on Trump campaign officials, especially the monitoring of Carter Page - a campaign foreign adviser.

GOP lawmakers had reportedly talked up the memo to Trump in the weeks leading up to the House Intelligence Committee's vote to release the document, the newspaper reported.

The Justice Department has warned repeatedly that the memo, prepared by Republican staff on the House Intelligence Committee, is misleading and that its release would set a bad precedent for making government secrets public, including sensitive sources of information and methods of intelligence gathering.

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"I doubt there will be any redactions", the official added, "Then it is in Congress' hands after that".

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Democrats, meanwhile, have accused Republicans of using the memo as part of partisan efforts to "discredit the investigations into the Trump-Russia scandal".

"Right now, I think it will be that we tell the Congress, probably tomorrow [Friday], that the President is OK with it", an official told reporters aboard Air Force One.

Schiff asked Nunes for another vote on the memo, but Republicans didn't appear to waver. That revelation promoted the Justice Department's appointment of a special counsel to run the Russian Federation investigation. Mueller's investigation also is examining whether Trump has committed obstruction of justice by trying to thwart the Russiaprobe that potentially threatens his year-old presidency.

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The president also tweeted about the memo on Friday morning.

House Speaker Paul Ryan's spokeswoman AshLee Strong said the speaker is open to the Democrat's memo to be released. The Chicago lawmaker contended in an interview that the memo's goal is to discredit special counsel Robert Mueller's ongoing probe of Russian meddling in the 2016 election.

Trump has been telling confidants in recent days that he believes the document will validate his concerns that the Federal Bureau of Investigation and Justice Department conspired against him, according to one outside adviser familiar with those conversations but not authorized to speak publicly about private discussions.

Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D., N.Y.) followed up with a letter of his own, the Hill reported.

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Wyden creates Twitter moment commenting on Nunes memo