We (at least everyone in Washington) is awaiting President Trump's declassification of a memo prepared by the House Intelligence Committee detailing abuses at the FBI during the 2016 presidential election. Republicans have defended its contents and voted for its release. The FBI, however, released a rare public statement Wednesday sharing its "grave concerns" over the validity of the document.
Rep. Jeff Duncan (R-SC) agreed the FBI should be worried - for its own good.
Duncan followed up that tweet by noting the memo should absolutely not be redacted, for transparency's sake.
The memo reportedly exposes that the FBI is guilty of FISA violations, unmasking the identities of private citizens during the general election. On his way to the State of the Union podium Tuesday, President Trump told Duncan that he'd "100 percent" approve release of the memo.
Donald Trump Jr. tweeted that the whole mess was getting "scary."
Democrats have condemned the release of the memo, arguing that it will threaten national security.
Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA), the ranking member on the House Intelligence Committee, even accused Chairman Devin Nunes (R-CA) of altering the memo without other members' knowledge. That charge resulted in House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi's demanding he be removed as chairman. No go, said House Speaker Paul Ryan, who defended Nunes at the GOP retreat Thursday. The chairman is simply trying to keep Americans "safe," Ryan said.
"If American civil liberties were abused," he added, "then that needs to come to light so that does not happen again."
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