In a letter to House Intelligence Committee chairman Rep. Devin Nunes Wednesday, Assistant Attorney General Stephen Boyd cautioned that releasing his much-hyped memo alleging the FBI's supposed abuses of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) would be "extraordinarily reckless".
"We believe it would be extraordinarily reckless for the committee to disclose such information publicly without giving the department and the FBI the opportunity to review the memorandum and to advise the (committee) of the risk of harm to national security and to ongoing investigations that could come from public release," Boyd wrote.
"Indeed, we do not understand why the committee would possibly seek to disclose classified and law enforcement sensitive information without first consulting with the relevant members of the intelligence community."
Boyd suggested that Nunes instead provide the memo to DOJ Inspector General Michael Horowitz.
"His office would appropriately investigate any alleged wrongdoing by the FBI or other department personnel and independently assess whether prior public release of the memorandum would impair its ability to do so," Boyd said.
Several top lawmakers were also copied on the letter:
Speaker of the House Paul Ryan, R-Wisconsin, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-California, Rep. Trey Gowdy, R-South Carolina, Senate Intelligence Committee Chairman Richard Burr, R-North Carolina, and Senate Intelligence Committee Vice-Chairman Mark Warner, D-Virginia.