President Donald Trump has approved the release of the Nunes memo despite a multitude of concerns from law enforcement, national security experts, and lawmakers.
President Trump approved release Friday of a GOP memo alleging surveillance abuses by the FBI, intensifying a fight between the White House and Republican lawmakers, on one side, and the nation’s top law enforcement agency over whether the origins of a probe into Russian interference in the 2016 election were tainted by political bias.
Trump presaged his release of the memo with a tweet seemingly taunting law enforcement.
The FBI fears it will not be able to effectively rebut the memo since to do so would require the publication of classified data.
Current and former law enforcement officials said a major concern inside the FBI is that the rules governing classified information will impede their ability to respond to the memo’s accusations when it becomes public.