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Thursday, February 01, 2018

By Carol D. Leonnig, Josh Dawsey, Ellen Nakashima and Karoun Demirjian February 1 at 1:22 PM

President Trump is expected to approve the release of a controversial congressional memo alleging surveillance abuses by the FBI, after the White House agreed to some redactions at the bureau's request, but the document may not be made public before Friday, according to senior administration officials.

The redactions were the result of a review of the memo's classified contents by White House and intelligence community officials.

The memo, which has created a political firestorm, suggests that the early origins of special counsel Robert S. Mueller III's probe into Russian interference in the 2016 election were tainted by political bias.

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FBI Director Christopher A. Wray had opposed its release, citing "grave concerns" about key factual omissions and accuracy.

The White House was not convinced that release would compromise national security but agreed to redactions to protect sensitive law enforcement methods, according to the officials who spoke on the condition of anonymity to discuss internal deliberations.

Trump has read the memo, administration officials said, though it remains under review. "The president is inclined to approve release of memo today or tomorrow," a senior administration official said Thursday.

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"Once Trump approves its release, the White House will transmit the memo back to the House Intelligence Committee, which has the authority to release it to the public.

Staff for the committee's GOP majority wrote the memo. The panel's Democrats have accused the chairman, Rep. Devin Nunes (R-Calif.), of creating a false narrative to undermine Mueller's probe.

The president has told advisers that he believes the memo is "gaining traction" and could help him convince the public that the probe is a witch hunt."

The problem is that rebutting the memo would require using other classified information... so Trump feels confident he can get away with this lie to undermine the Russian Probe, fire the investigators, and put his own loyalty oath people in their place.

#1 | Posted by Corky at 2018-02-01 02:44 PM | Reply

Time to release the counter memo.

#2 | Posted by oldwhiskeysour at 2018-02-01 03:29 PM | Reply

Time to release the counter memo.

#2 | POSTED BY OLDWHISKEYSOUR

Can't.

And I think you know that. The House and Trump will not approve its release.

#3 | Posted by Sycophant at 2018-02-01 03:45 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

Representative Mike Conaway, a senior committee Republican, said Republicans voted against releasing the Democrats' memo because the House of Representatives had not had a chance to read it. He said the committee agreed to let House members read it and would consider making it public after that.

#4 | Posted by Avigdore at 2018-02-01 03:57 PM | Reply

"White House worried FBI Director could quit over Nunes memo release

Updated 2:42 PM ET, Thu February 1, 2018

Top White House aides are worried FBI Director Christopher Wray could quit if the highly controversial Republican memo alleging the FBI abused its surveillance tools is released, multiple sources with knowledge of the situation tell CNN.

Wray has made clear he is frustrated that President Donald Trump picked him to lead the FBI after he fired FBI Director James Comey in May, yet his advice on the Nunes memo is being disregarded and cast as part of the purported partisan leadership of the FBI, according to a senior law enforcement official.

Wray's stance is "raising hell," one source familiar with the matter said.

One person briefed on the matter said the White House believes that redactions could cure the problem, given the White House plan is to approve the release of the memo and leave it up to Nunes' committee to officially release the document.

But it is not clear redactions will be enough to satisfy concerns at the FBI, according to other officials, because their concerns are that substantial omissions make the document inaccurate, which is something redactions won't address."

www.cnn.com

#5 | Posted by Corky at 2018-02-01 04:47 PM | Reply

Manu Raju‏ @mkraju

US official familiar with FBI thinking tells @SchneiderCNN that any changes to Nunes memo have yet to appease concerns. "There may be editing of the text of this memo, but that doesn't change the overall false narrative. .. There are still grave concerns about this memo."

#6 | Posted by Gal_Tuesday at 2018-02-01 08:15 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

#6 | POSTED BY GAL_TUESDAY

Makes sense. They're saying the substance of the memo was not changed; just technical and grammatical changes. If that's to believed, it's the say pile of s*** memo it's always been. So no wonder they have issues with it...still.

#7 | Posted by rstybeach11 at 2018-02-01 08:32 PM | Reply

"The president was then left alone to read the memo in its entirety.

A White House official said Kelly returned a few hours later and shared with the president his opinion: that releasing the memo would not risk national security but that the document was not as compelling as some of its advocates had promised Trump.

The memo alleges that the FBI used bad information passed on from a dossier written by a former British spy, and that this information was later used to obtain a warrant to conduct surveillance on former Trump campaign adviser Carter Page, according to people familiar with the document."

www.washingtonpost.com

The Memo is a dud.

#8 | Posted by Corky at 2018-02-01 09:56 PM | Reply

(Leaks from the WH, however, continue to be awesome, rofl!}

#9 | Posted by Corky at 2018-02-01 09:57 PM | Reply

If the memo is the unsupported hunk of crap that the Dems claim/ferverently hope it to be, the MSM will demolish it in a matter of days. If they can't, then the Dems will need to ensure the counter memo gets released. It better do the job, because Fox will try to, in turn, eviscerate it.

Either way, no one is going to look good through this process.

Politics is a very dirty business.

#10 | Posted by Rightocenter at 2018-02-01 10:06 PM | Reply

"If the memo is the unsupported hunk of crap that the Dems claim/ferverently hope it to be, the MSM will demolish it in a matter of days." - #10 | Posted by Rightocenter at 2018-02-01 10:06 PM

You mean the MSM that Faux News/rightwinger sycophants reject out-of-hand?

That MSN?

#11 | Posted by Hans at 2018-02-01 10:13 PM | Reply

"Either way, no one is going to look good through this process." - #10 | Posted by Rightocenter at 2018-02-01 10:06 PM

Dems didn't start "this process."

"...the Dems will need to ensure the counter memo gets released."

You mean by violating the law?

#12 | Posted by Hans at 2018-02-01 10:19 PM | Reply

- the MSM will demolish it in a matter of days.

Because, as the other people who have seen the entire information say, it would take other classified intel to retort the memo?

Folks, we clearly have a strategic thinker on board!

#13 | Posted by Corky at 2018-02-01 10:25 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 2

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